Then Jesus shouted out again,
and he released his spirit.
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,
and tombs opened.
The bodies of many godly men and women who had died
were raised from the dead.
…the high priest said to him,
“I demand in the name of the living God—
tell us if you are the Messiah,
the Son of God.”
“You have said it.
And in the future you will see the Son of God
seated in the place of power at God’s right hand
and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.
If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming,
he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.
You also must be ready all the time,
for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
…he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet,
and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—
from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
Now learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout,
you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see all these things,
you can know his return is very near, right at the door.
“…if anyone tells you,
‘Look, here is the Messiah’ or ‘There he is,’
don’t believe it.
For false messiahs and false prophets
will rise up and perform great signs and wonders
so as to deceive, if possible,
even God’s chosen ones.
But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
And the Good News about the Kingdom
will be preached throughout the whole world,
so that all nations will hear it;
and then the end will come.
“’You must love the LORD your God
with all your heart,
all your soul,
and all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
“But now, as to whether there will be
a resurrection of the dead—
haven’t you ever read about this in the Scriptures?
Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died,
‘I am the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob.’
So he is the God of the living, not the dead.”
Then Jesus asked them,
“Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the LORD’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.’
…”Praise God for the Son of David!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
Praise God in highest heaven!”
“It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”