Matthew 27:51-66 New Living Translation

51  At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52  and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53  They left the cemetery after Jesus' resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people. 54  The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, "This man truly was the Son of God!" 55  And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance. 56  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee.

The Burial of Jesus

57  As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, 58  went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 59  Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. 60  He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left. 61  Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting across from the tomb and watching.

The Guard at the Tomb

62  The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63  They told him, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will rise from the dead.' 64  So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he was raised from the dead! If that happens, we'll be worse off than we were at first." 65  Pilate replied, "Take guards and secure it the best you can." 66  So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.

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