(Matthew 28.1-8; Luke 24.1-12; John
Mark 16 After
the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Salome, and Mary the mother
of James bought some spices to put on Jesus' body. 2Very
early on Sunday morning, just as the sun was coming up,
they went to the tomb. 3On their way, they
were asking one another, "Who will roll the stone
away from the entrance for us?" 4But when
they looked, they saw that the stone had already been
rolled away. And it was a huge stone!
women went into the tomb, and on the right side they saw
a young man in a white robe sitting there. They were
man said, "Don't be alarmed! You are looking for
Jesus from Nazareth, who was nailed to a cross. God has
raised him to life, and he isn't here. You can see the
place where they put his body. 7Now go and
tell his disciples, and especially Peter, that he will go
ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as
he told you."
the women ran from the tomb, they were confused and
shaking all over. They were too afraid to tell anyone
what had happened.
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TO MARK'S GOSPEL
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
(Matthew 28.9, 10; John 20.11-18)
early on the first day of the week, after Jesus had risen
to life, he appeared to Mary Magdalene. Earlier he had
forced seven demons out of her. 10She left and
told his friends, who were crying and mourning. 11Even
though they heard that Jesus was alive and that Mary had
seen him, they would not believe it.
Jesus Appears to Two Disciples
Jesus appeared in another form to two disciples, as they
were on their way out of the city. 13But when
these disciples told what had happened, the others would
What Jesus' Followers Must Do
(Matthew 28.16-20; Luke 24.36-49; John
20.19-23; Acts 1.6-8)
Jesus appeared to his eleven disciples as they were
eating. He scolded them because they were too stubborn to
believe the ones who had seen him after he had been
raised to life. 15Then he told them:
Go and preach the good news to everyone in
the world. 16Anyone who believes me and is
baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to
believe me will be condemned. 17Everyone
who believes me will be able to do wonderful things.
By using my name they will force out demons, and they
will speak new languages. 18They will
handle snakes and will drink poison and not be hurt.
They will also heal sick people by placing their
hands on them.
Jesus Returns to Heaven
(Luke 24.50-53; Acts 1.9-11)
the Lord Jesus had said these things to the disciples, he
was taken back up to heaven where he sat down at the
right side of God. 20Then the disciples left
and preached everywhere. The Lord was with them, and the
miracles they worked proved that their message was true.
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TO MARK'S GOSPEL
women quickly told Peter and his friends what had
happened. Later, Jesus sent the disciples to the east and
to the west with his sacred and everlasting message of
how people can be saved forever.
Some of the People Rebel
(2 Chronicles 10.1-19)
1 Kings 12 Rehoboam
went to Shechem where everyone was waiting to crown him
son of Nebat heard what was happening, and he stayed in
Egypt, where he had gone to hide from Solomon. 3But
the people from the northern tribes of Israel sent for
him. Then together they went to Rehoboam and said, 4"Your
father Solomon forced us to work very hard. But if you
make our work easier, we will serve you and do whatever
me three days to think about it," Rehoboam replied,
"then come back for my answer." So the people
went to some leaders who had been his father's senior
officials, and he asked them, "What should I tell
answered, "If you want them to serve and obey you,
then you should do what they ask today. Tell them you
will make their work easier."
Rehoboam refused their advice and went to the younger men
who had grown up with him and were now his officials. 9He
asked, "What do you think I should say to these
people who asked me to make their work easier?"
younger advisors said:
Here's what we think you should say to
them: "Compared to me, my father was weak. 11He
made you work hard, but I'll make you work even
harder. He punished you with whips, but I'll use
whips with pieces of sharp metal!"
days later, Jeroboam and the others came back. 13Rehoboam
ignored the advice of the older advisors. 14He
spoke bluntly and told them exactly what his own advisors
had suggested: "My father made you work hard, but
I'll make you work even harder. He punished you with
whips, but I'll use whips with pieces of sharp
the people realized that Rehoboam would not listen to
them, they shouted: "We don't have to be loyal to
David's family. We can do what we want. Come on, people
of Israel, let's go home! Rehoboam can rule his own
was in charge of the forced labor, and Rehoboam sent him
to talk to the people. But they stoned him to death. Then
Rehoboam ran to his chariot and hurried back to
the people from the northern tribes of Israel went home,
leaving Rehoboam to rule only the people from the towns
in Judah. Ever since that day, the people of Israel have
opposed David's family in Judah. All of this happened
just as the LORD's prophet Ahijah
had told Jeroboam.
the Israelites heard that Jeroboam was back, they called
everyone together. Then they sent for Jeroboam and made
him king of Israel. Only the people from the tribe of
Judah remained loyal to David's family.
Shemaiah Warns Rehoboam
(2 Chronicles 11.1-4)
Rehoboam returned to Jerusalem, he decided to attack
Israel and take control of the whole country. So he
called together one hundred eighty thousand soldiers from
the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
God told Shemaiah the prophet 23to give
Rehoboam and everyone from Judah and Benjamin this
warning: 24"Don't go to war against the
people from Israel--they are your relatives. Go home! I
am the LORD, and I made these
and his army obeyed the LORD and
Jeroboam Makes Religious
rebuilt Shechem in Ephraim and made it a stronger town,
then he moved there. He also fortified the town of
day, Jeroboam started thinking, "Everyone in Israel
still goes to the temple in Jerusalem to offer sacrifices
to the LORD. What if they become
loyal to David's family again? They will kill me and
accept Rehoboam as their king."
asked for advice and then made two gold statues of
calves. He showed them to the people and said,
"Listen everyone! You won't have to go to Jerusalem
to worship anymore. Here are your gods who rescued you
from Egypt." 29-30Then he put one of the
gold calves in the town of Bethel. He put the other one
in the town of Dan, and the crowd walked out in front as
the calf was taken there. What Jeroboam did was a
built small places of worship at the shrines and
appointed men who were not from the tribe of Levi to
serve as priests.
Turn Back to the LORD
Hosea 14 Israel,
return! Come back to the LORD, your
Sin has made you fall.
to the LORD and say, "Please
forgive our sins.
Accept our good sacrifices of praise instead of bulls.
can't save us, and chariots can't help.
So we will no longer worship the idols we have made.
Our LORD, you show mercy to
Promises To Forgive
4Israel, you have rejected me, but my anger is
will heal you and love you without limit.
will be like the dew-- then you will blossom like lilies
and have roots like a tree.
branches will spread with the beauty of an olive tree
and with the aroma of Lebanon Forest.
will rest in my shade, and your grain will grow.
You will blossom like a vineyard
and be famous as the wine from Lebanon.
give up your idols!
will answer your prayers and take care of you.
am that glorious tree, the source of your fruit.
you are wise, you will know and understand what I mean.
am the LORD, and I lead you along
the right path.
If you obey me, we will walk together,
but if you are wicked, you will stumble.