13 Apr 2009
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, â€œMen of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. â€œYou that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves knowâ€” this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him, â€˜I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.â€™ â€œFellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, â€˜He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.â€™ This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.
So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, â€œGreetings!â€ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, â€œDo not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.â€
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, â€œYou must say, â€˜His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.â€™ If this comes to the governorâ€™s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.â€ So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.