Jesus's body was placed in a tomb on a Friday afternoon. Because no work could be done on the Sabbath, the job of preparing his body for death had to wait. His tomb was placed in a cave with a boulder covering the entrance so that no one would disturb the body.
Early Sunday Mourning Mary Magdalene and several other women went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared. When they arrived, they found the tomb had been opened already.
When they went in, they did not find Jesus' body, and they wondered what had happened? Suddenly, two angels in dazzling white clothes were there. The women were terrified, but the angels said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you that He would be turned over to sinful men, be crucified, and rise again on the third day!"
The women ran back to tell Jesus's disciples what they had seen. Peter and one other disciple went to the tomb to see for themselves. They were amazed to see that he had truly vanished, and went home scared and confused.
Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb crying. Suddenly she saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize Him. Jesus said to her, "Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?" Mary thought He must be the gardener and said, "Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where, and I will take Him!" Jesus said, "Mary!" Then she recognized Him. He said, "Don't hold on to me, because I have not yet returned to the Father. 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
Jesus was on earth for 40 days before he went back up to Heaven. His parting words were: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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.