The Brightest Day of All the World
Resurrection Bible Story for Children
Matthew xxviii: 1
Mark xvi: 1 to 13;
Luke xxiv: 1 to 49;
xx: 1 to 23.
Sunday morning, two days after the death and burial
of Jesus, some women went very early, as soon as it
was light, to the tomb in the garden. One of these
women was Mary Magdalene, another was also named
Mary, and another was named Salome. They were
bringing some more fragrant gums and spices to place
in the wrappings upon the body of Jesus. And as they
went they said to each other, "Who will roll away
for us the great stone at the door of the cave?"
But when they came to the cave, they saw that the
seal was broken, the stone was rolled away, and the
soldiers who had been on guard were gone. There
stood the tomb of Jesus all open! They did not know
that before they came to the tomb there had been an
earthquake; and that an angel had come down from
heaven and rolled away the stone, and sat upon it.
When the soldiers on guard saw the angel, with his
flashing face, and his dazzling garments, they fell
to the ground as though they were dead, and as soon
as they could rise up, they fled away from the spot
in terror; so when the women came there was no man
As soon as Mary Magdalene saw that the tomb was
open, without stopping to look into it, she ran
quickly to tell the disciples. A moment after she
had gone, the other women looked into the tomb and
they saw that the body of Jesus was not there. But
they saw sitting at each end of the tomb a young
man, clothed in a long white garment. Their faces
shone like angels, and when the women saw they were
filled with fear. One of the angels said to them:
"Do not be afraid; you are looking for Jesus of
Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here; he is
risen, as he said that he would rise from the dead.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay; and then go
and tell his disciples, and tell Peter too, that
Jesus will go before you into Galilee, and you shall
see him there."
Then the women went away in mingled joy and fear.
They ran in haste to bring this word of the angel to
But while these women were looking into the tomb,
and were listening to the angel, Mary Magdalene was
seeking the disciples, to tell them that the tomb
was open and the body of Jesus was not there; for
she did not know that he had risen. She found Peter
and John and said to them, "They have taken away the
Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they
have laid him!"
Then Peter and John at once went as quickly as they
could go, to the tomb. John outran Peter, and came
first to the tomb, perhaps because he was the
youngest. But when he saw the open door, and the
broken seal, and the stone lying at one side, he
stood still for a moment. John stooped and looked
into the cave, and he could see the linen cloths
that had been wrapped around the body of Jesus lying
together. But when Peter came up he did not wait,
but pressed at once into the tomb; and then John
followed him, and he too walked into the cave. Now
he could see not only the long strips of linen
rolled up; but in another place, carefully folded,
the napkin that had been tied over the face of
Then suddenly it flashed upon the mind of John,
"Jesus has risen from the dead!" For he had not seen
the angel, nor heard his words. From that moment
John believed that Jesus was once more living. Both
Peter and John went away, to think of the strange
things they had seen. And very soon Mary Magdalene
came back to the tomb. No one was there, for both
the women and the disciples had gone away. Mary
Magdalene did not know that Jesus had risen, for she
had not heard the angelís message.
She wept as she thought of her Lord, slain by wicked
men, and not even allowed to rest in his grave. And
still weeping, she stooped and looked into the tomb.
There she saw two men in white garments sitting, one
at the head, the other at the feet where the body of
Jesus had lain. They were the two angels whom the
other women had seen, but Mary Magdalene did not
know this. One of them said to her, "Woman, why do
She answered, "Because they have taken away my Lord
and I do not know where they have laid him."
Something caused her to turn around; and she saw a
man standing behind her. It was Jesus; but her eyes
were held for a moment from knowing him. He said to
her, "Woman, why do you weep?"
She supposed that he was the gardener, and said,
hardly looking at him, "Sir, if you have carried him
out of this place, tell me where you have laid him,
and I will take him away."
Then the stranger spoke her name, "Mary!" and she
knew that he was Jesus, no longer dead, but living.
She turned around, and fell down before him, and was
about to seize his feet, as she said, "My Master!"
But Jesus said to her, "Do not take hold of me; I am
not yet going away to my Father. But go to my
brothers, and say to them, I go up to my Father and
to your Father, to my God, and to your God!"
Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples how she
had seen the Lord, and how he had spoken these
things to her. So this was the first time that any
one saw Jesus after he rose from the dead.
You remember that the other women, another Mary, and
Salome, and the rest, had not seen the risen Christ,
but they had seen an angel, who told them that he
had risen, and would meet his disciples in Galilee.
They went into the city, and were looking for
disciples when suddenly Jesus himself stood before
them, and said "All Hail!" That means, "A welcome to
all of you!" They fell down before him, and
worshipped him. And Jesus said to them, as he had
said to Mary Magdalene, only a few moments before,
"Do not be afraid; but find my brothers, and tell
them to go into Galilee and they shall see me
And this was the second time that Jesus showed
himself living on the day when he arose.
On that same day two of the followers of Jesus were
walking out of Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus,
about seven miles away. While they were talking over
the strange happenings of the day, they saw that a
stranger was walking beside them. It was Jesus,
their risen Lord, but they were held back from
knowing him. The stranger said to them, "What words
are these that you are speaking with each other,
which seem to make you so sad?"
One of the two men, named Cleopas, answered, "Are
you even a stranger in Jerusalem, and have not heard
of what things have taken place there in the last
The stranger said, "What things?"
And they said, "The things with regard to Jesus of
Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in his acts and
his words before God and all the people; how the
chief priests and our rulers caused him to be
sentenced to death, and how he died on the cross.
But we hoped that he was the promised One, who was
to save Israel. And now it is the third day since he
was put to death. And today some women of our
company who were early at the tomb surprised us with
the news that the tomb was empty, his body was not
there; and they had seen a vision of angels, who
said that Jesus was alive. Then some of us went to
the tomb and found it just as the women had said;
but they did not see him."
Then the stranger said to them, "O foolish men, and
slow of heart to believe what the prophets have
said! Was it not needful for the Christ to suffer
these things, and then to enter in his glory?"
Then he began with the books of Moses, and went
through the prophets, and showed them in all the
Scriptures the meaning of all that was told about
Christ. And as they went on they came to the village
to which they were going, and he acted as though he
would go on beyond it. Then they urged and persuaded
him to stay with them. They said, "Abide with us,
for it is now almost evening, and the day is at its
And he went in with them and sat down with them to a
supper. As they were about to eat he took the loaf
of bread into his hands, and blessed it, and broke
it, and gave it to them. And at that moment their
eyes were opened and they knew that he was the Lord;
and he passed out of their sight. They said to each
other, "Was not our heart burning within us while he
talked to us on the road, and while he opened to us
the words of the Scriptures?"
This was the third time that Jesus showed himself on
that day. These two men hastened to Jerusalem that
night to tell what they had seen. And they found ten
of the disciples met together and saying, "The Lord
has risen indeed, and has been seen by Simon Peter."
We do not know what Jesus said to Peter; but this
was the fourth time that he was seen living on that
day when he arose.
The ten disciples and other followers of Jesus were
together in a room on that night, and the doors were
shut. Suddenly Jesus himself was seen standing among
them. He said, "Peace be unto you!"
Some of them were alarmed when they saw him and
thought that he must be a spirit. But he said to
them, "Why are you troubled? And why do fears come
to you? Look at the wounds in my hands and my feet!
Handle me, and see. A spirit does not have flesh and
bones, as you see that I have."
And he showed them his hands and his side. They
could scarcely believe for the joy of seeing him
again. He said, "Have you here anything to eat?"
They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of a
honeycomb, and he ate before them. And he said,
"This is what I told you while I was with you, that
everything written of me in the law of Moses, and in
the prophets, and in the psalms, must come to pass.
It was needful that Christ should suffer thus, and
should rise from the dead, and that everywhere the
gospel should be preached in his name. I will send
the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in
Jerusalem after I leave you, until power shall come
upon you from on high."
Then when the disciples saw that it was really the
Lord, and that he was alive from the dead, they were
glad. And Jesus said to them again, "Peace be to
you, as my Father has sent me, even so I send you.
May the Spirit of God come upon you!"
And this was the fifth time that Jesus showed
himself alive on that day. This Sunday was the
brightest day in all the world, because on it Jesus
rose from the dead. And that Sunday in every year is
called Easter Sunday.
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