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 to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26 (NIV)
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?
Jesus Told the Disciples His Death Was Impending
He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. – Mark 8:31 (NIV)
Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” – Matthew 20:17-19 (NIV)
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
“Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. – Mark 15:29-32 (NIV)
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
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” – Luke 23:44-47 (NIV)
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.
Jesus Rose and Transformed Human History
As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” – Mark 16:5-7 (NIV)
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.
BONUS Resurrections Bible Verses
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV)
This scripture, written by Paul to help combat false teaching, still rings true today. It is the essence of the Gospel story and reminds everyone that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and then rose from the dead just as God promised.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. – Romans 6:5-6 (NIV)
This resurrection bible verse is a convicting one. It is a recognition that we all have sinned and will continue to sin, but it does not give us a license to sin. Instead, it compels us to “no longer be slaves to sin” and to walk away from our sinful nature to be more like Jesus. If we commit to change, we will be reunited with Jesus and God in heaven.
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