The resurrection of jesus

According to Matthew's Gospel, on the third day after Jesus was crucified Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James and Joseph, went to see the sepulchre, the tomb in a cave where Jesus was buried. However Jesus was not there. An angel had descended from heaven and rolled back the stone. He told the women: "Do

Detail from a tapestry in the Vatican in Rome showing the resurrected Christ against the background of the tomb in which he was buried.

Detail from a tapestry in the Vatican in Rome showing the resurrected Christ against the background of the tomb in which he was buried.

not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified____He has been raised from the dead." (Matthew 28:2-6)

Later, according to the Gospel, Christ appeared to the 11 disciples and commissioned them to preach the gospel and baptize:

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always to the close of the age. —Matthew 28:18-20

It is with this commission and promise that the church began and continues to this day to bear witness to the living Christ who has overcome death.

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