!hey have taken my "ord away,% she said, and 8 don#t know where they have put him.%
5t this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not reali9e that it was Jesus.
*e asked her, 6oman, why are you crying7 6ho is it you are looking for7%!hinking he was the gardener, she said, Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and 8 will get him.%
Jesus said to her, Mary.%She turned toward him and cried out in 5ramaic, :abboni$% 0which means !eacher%1.
Jesus said, ;o not hold on to me, for 8 have not yet ascended to the ather. <o instead to my brothers and tell them, =8 am ascending to my ather and your ather, to my <od and your <od.#%
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news> 8 have seen the "ord$% 5nd she told them that he had said these things to her.
0hat!s the Easter story that we all know& 0hat, along with the stories of 1oly eek that we have %een telling for the last month or so, is the great story of redemption and -esus! defeat of sin and death& 0hese are the stories that we have all heard and these are the events that .eter, the disciples, and many in -erusalem had lived through& So many people had witnessed these events during the .assover cele%ration that the news spread all across Israel and -udea and %eyond& nd so later, as .eter is called to preach in -oppa, which is on the $editerranean Sea near what is now 0el viv, he says this2
!hen Peter began to speak> 8 now reali9e how true it is that <od does not show favoritism
but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
?ou know the message <od sent to the people of 8srael, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus @hrist, who is "ord of all.
?ou know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in <alilee after the baptism that John preachedA
how <od anointed Jesus of 4a9areth with the *oly Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because <od was with him.
6e are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. !hey killed him by hanging him on a cross,
but <od raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.
*e was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom <od had already chosenAby us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
*e commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom <od appointed as Budge of the living and the dead.
5ll the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.%
.eter says, “
the message <od sent to the people of 8srael, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus @hrist, who is "ord of all.
what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in <alilee after the baptism that John preachedA
how <od anointed Jesus of 4a9areth with the *oly Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because <od was with him.%
.eter %egins his message %y reminding his listeners, those who lived nearly fifty miles (and pro%a%ly four days travel) from -erusalem, that they all knew the story& 0hey knew what the prophets had said a%out the $essiah, they knew what -esus had done and the miracles that he had performed& nd then .eter reminds them of the resurrection story and reminds them that he and others who were there, were witnesses that that part of the story as well& 3