After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.
5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Translation: And late on the sabbath, toward the dawning into the first day of sabbath, Maria, the one of Magdala, and the other Mary, went to see the tomb. And behold! A great earthquake happened, for an angel of the Lord descended out of heaven and came (and) rolled back the stone and was sitting upon it, and his appearance was like lightning and his raiment white as snow. And from the fear of him, the ones keeping him were shaken and became as dead ones.
And the angel answered (and) said to the women, "Fear not, for I have known that you are seeking Jesus, the crucified one. He is not here, for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he was lying, and go quickly. Tell his disciples that he was raised from the dead ones, and behold! he is going before you into Galilee. There you will see him. Behold! I told you." And they left quickly from the grave with fear and great joy. They ran to tell his disciples. And behold! Jesus met them, saying, "Grace to you." And they came (and) held his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Fear not. Go tell my brothers so that they might go into Galilee, and there they will see me."
Background and situation: All four of the gospel accounts have unique elements in their resurrection stories. Mark, the primary source, has a rather sparse eight verses on the first Easter. Both Matthew and Luke expand the story in their individual directions.
That all four gospels tell the story in different ways also indicates that there was no normative and clearly established Easter narrative in the first few decades after the earthly life of Jesus.
Behold!: In Matthew, Mary Magdalene and "the other Mary" went to "see" the tomb. Matthew says nothing about anointing the body with spices (as in Mark) because, for Matthew, there was no way the women were actually going to be able to get into that tomb. A "great" stone stood in front of it.
"Behold! A great earthquake happened"--idou seismos egeneto megas. As at the death of Jesus (27:51), the resurrection of Jesus is accompanied by spectacular signs in nature. The foundation of the "old world" is shaken. As the birth of Jesus had been accompanied by heavenly signs (2:2), now the resurrection of Jesus is accompanied by the shaking of the foundations of the earth.