Longer Ending to the Gospel
Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, two disciples that were walking on the road, then the eleven of us together. After he tells us to spread the good news to others, he ascends into heaven.
The first person to see Jesus after he arose from the dead on Sunday morning was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast seven demons. She came to us, who were in tears mourning our loss, and told us what had happened. When she said that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, we didn’t believe her.
After this, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of his followers as they were on their way from Jerusalem into the country. They hurried back and told the rest of us but we didn’t believe them either.
After that he appeared to eleven of us while we were eating. He rebuked us for our incredulity and hardness of heart in not believing those who had seen him alive.
Then he told us to go everywhere in the entire world and proclaim the Good News to
everyone. He said. “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever refuses to believe will be condemned. Those who believe will be given the power to perform miracles. In my name, they will cast out demons. They will speak in new languages. They will be able to pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison it will not harm them. When they lay their hands on the sick, the sick will get well.”
Then, when the Lord had finished speaking with us, he was taken up into heaven and took his place at the right hand of God. We disciples went everywhere proclaiming the Good News, and the Lord worked with us, confirming what we said with many miraculous signs. (9-20)