Kaburi Tupu

20 Jumapili asubuhi na mapema, kukiwa bado giza, Mariamu Mag dalena alifika kaburini akakuta lile jiwe lililokuwa limeziba mlango wa kaburi limeondolewa. Kwa hiyo akaenda mbio kwa Simoni Petro na yule mwanafunzi aliyependwa na Yesu akawaambia, “Wameu chukua mwili wa Bwana kutoka mle kaburini na hatujui wameuweka wapi!” Petro na yule mwanafunzi wakaondoka mara kuelekea kabu rini. Wote wawili walikuwa wanakimbia lakini yule mwanafunzi akakimbia mbio zaidi kuliko Petro, akawahi kufika kaburini. Alipofika akainama na kuchungulia mle kaburini akaona ile sanda, lakini hakuingia ndani. Ndipo Petro akaja akimfuata nyuma akaenda moja kwa moja hadi ndani ya kaburi. Naye akaona ile sanda na kile kitambaa kilichokuwa kichwani mwa Yesu kimekunjwa na kuwekwa kando ya ile sanda. Kisha yule mwanafunzi aliyewahi kufika kaburini naye akaingia ndani; akaona, akaamini. Kwa maana mpaka wakati huo walikuwa bado hawajaelewa yale Maandiko yaliyotabiri kuwa angefufuka kutoka kwa wafu. 10 Wale wanafunzi wakaondoka wakarudi nyumbani kwao.

Yesu Anamtokea Mariamu

11 Lakini Mariamu akakaa nje ya kaburi akilia. Na alipokuwa akilia akainama kutazama mle kaburini. 12 Akaona malaika wawili wamevaa nguo nyeupe, wamekaa pale mwili wa Yesu ulipokuwa, mmoja upande wa miguuni na mwingine upande wa kichwani! 13 Wakamwuliza Mariamu, “Mama, mbona unalia?” Akawaambia, “Nalia kwa kuwa wamemchukua Bwana wangu na sijui wamemweka wapi.” 14 Alipokuwa akisema haya akageuka, akamwona Yesu amesimama nyuma yake, lakini hakumtambua! 15 Yesu akamwambia, “Mama, mbona unalia? Unamta futa nani?” Mariamu alidhani aliyekuwa anaongea naye ni mtunza bustani, kwa hiyo akajibu, “Kama ni wewe umemchukua tafadhali nionyeshe ulipomweka ili nimchukue.” 16 Yesu akamwita, “Mar iamu.” Ndipo Mariamu akamgeukia Yesu, akamwambia kwa Kiebrania, “Rabboni!’ 17 Yesu akamwambia, “Usin ishike kwa maana sijapaa kwenda kwa Baba. Lakini nenda kwa ndugu zangu ukawaambie, ninakwenda kwa Baba yangu na Baba yenu, kwa Mungu wangu na Mungu wenu.” 18 Kwa hiyo Mariamu Magdalena akaenda akawakuta wanafunzi akawaambia, “Nimemwona Bwana!”

Yesu Anawatokea Wanafunzi Wake

19 Jumapili hiyo jioni, wakati wanafunzi walikuwa pamoja huku milango ikiwa imefungwa kwa kuwaogopa Wayahudi, Yesu aliwato kea! Akasimama kati yao akasema, “Amani iwe nanyi.” 20 Baada ya kusema haya, aliwaonyesha mikono yake na ubavu wake. Wanafunzi walifurahi sana walipomwona Bwana! 21 Yesu akawaambia tena, “Amani iwe nanyi. Kama Baba alivyonituma, mimi pia nawatuma ninyi.” 22 Na alipokwisha kusema haya akawavuvia pumzi yake akawaambia, “Pokeeni Roho Mtakatifu. 23 Mkimsamehe mtu ye yote dhambi zake, atakuwa amesamehewa. Msipomsamehe, atakuwa hajasame hewa.”

Yesu Anamtokea Tomaso

24 Tomaso, aliyeitwa Pacha, hakuwepo wakati Yesu aliwatokea wanafunzi wenzake. 25 Kwa hiyo wakamwambia, “Tumemwona Bwana.” Lakini yeye akawaambia, “Sitaamini mpaka nione alama za misumari katika mikono yake na niguse kwa vidole vyangu makovu ya misumari na kuweka mkono wangu ubavuni mwake.”

26 Siku nane baada ya haya, wanafunzi walikuwa pamoja tena katika chumba kimoja na Tomaso pia alikuwepo. Milango ilikuwa imefungwa, lakini Yesu akawatokea akasimama kati yao akawaambia, “Amani iwe nanyi.” 27 Ndipo akamwambia Tomaso, “Weka kidole chako hapa; tazama mikono yangu halafu nyoosha mkono wako uguse ubavu wangu. Usiwe na mashaka bali uamini.” 28 Tomaso akasema, “Bwana wangu na Mungu wangu!” 29 Yesu akamwambia, “Umeamini kwa kuwa umeniona? Wamebarikiwa wale ambao hawajaona lakini wameamini.”

30 Yesu alifanya ishara nyingine nyingi mbele za wanafunzi wake ambazo hazikuandikwa katika kitabu hiki. 31 Lakini hizi zimeandikwa ili muweze kuamini ya kuwa Yesu ndiye Kristo, Mwana wa Mungu; na kwa kumwamini mpate uzima katika jina lake.

The Empty Tomb(A)

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene(B) went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.(C) So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved,(D) and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”(E)

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.(F) Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in(G) at the strips of linen(H) lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head.(I) The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first,(J) also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture(K) that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)(L) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb(M) 12 and saw two angels in white,(N) seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”(O)

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”(P) 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there,(Q) but she did not realize that it was Jesus.(R)

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?(S) Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic,(T) “Rabboni!”(U) (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers(V) and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father(W) and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene(X) went to the disciples(Y) with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders,(Z) Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace(AA) be with you!”(AB) 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.(AC) The disciples were overjoyed(AD) when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!(AE) As the Father has sent me,(AF) I am sending you.”(AG) 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.(AH) 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”(AI)

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas(AJ) (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side,(AK) I will not believe.”(AL)

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace(AM) be with you!”(AN) 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”(AO)

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;(AP) blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”(AQ)

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs(AR) in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.(AS) 31 But these are written that you may believe[b](AT) that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,(AU) and that by believing you may have life in his name.(AV)

Footnotes

  1. John 20:24 Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin.
  2. John 20:31 Or may continue to believe

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