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The Easter story is the centerpiece of the Christian faith — one that offers faith, hope and redemption to humanity. It is the story of Jesus Christ’s willing sacrifice on the cross to save the sins of every man, woman and child who has and who will ever live.

But it is not just the sacrifice that has solidified itself in history. It is also the resurrection — Jesus’ coming back to life and defeating death three days after his brutal and painful crucifixion. It’s a true story that has captivated audiences for centuries, with the promise of Christ’s eventual return also transfixing believers.

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The New Testament includes a plethora of Bible verses about Easter that predict, explain and detail Jesus’ resurrection. Here are just six of the most powerful scriptures to consider:

Believing in Christ’s Sacrifice Brings Eternal Life

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” - John 11: 25-26 25 (KJV)

The Easter story hinges on Christ’s life and death. Jesus referred to himself  as “the resurrection” even before his crucifixion, and promised that those who believe in him would never die and would, instead, have eternal life. This Easter Bible verse forces us to think deeper about Christ’s question: Do we believe this promised truth?

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Jesus Told the Disciples His Death Was Impending

“And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” - Mark 8:31 (KJV)

“And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.” - Matthew 20:17-19 (KJV)

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Jesus was fully aware of what would happen to him, yet he forged on. He told his disciples that he would suffer and be rejected and, most importantly, that he would rise again three days later. Christ knew the end result of the Easter story and conveyed it to his followers.

Jesus Was Mocked Amid His Suffering

“And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.” - Mark 15:29-32 (KJV)

This Easter Bible verse is a tough one to read, as it shows the depths to which peoples’ evil flowed. As Christ suffered, he was mocked. And while he could have saved himself, he was on a mission to save the sins of humanity and would go through with God’s plan. Picturing his sacrifice for us in light of this mockery and pain is tough, but this Easter scripture reminds us of God’s deep love for each and every one of us.

Jesus’ Death Ushered in Darkness — and Then Light

“And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.” - Luke 23:44-47 (KJV)

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The immediate darkness following Jesus’ crucifixion shows us the magnitude of his sacrifice, and the impact of the decision to put him to death. Soon after, though, light shined through with the reality of the resurrection coming to fruition. The centurion, for his part, realized that something profound happened, as this Easter Bible verse shows.

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Jesus Rose and Transformed Human History

“And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” - Mark 16:5-7 (KJV)

The resurrection is the most important event in human history. This Easter verse shows us what happened when Jesus’ tomb was empty. He fulfilled his promise to die, live again and transform human hearts. It’s a sacrifice and message that continues to change lives around the globe.

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