Easter Sunday Bible Verses

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I’ve known the Biblical Easter story since I was a small child, and learned even more about the story from sermons, Bible studies, and Sunday School classes. In my devotions, I would read through the common Easter Sunday Bible verses. But to be painfully honest, some Easter Sundays have flown by without letting the full weight of it reach deep.

It’s hard, from our perspective, to even imagine the emotions that were running on high that first Easter season, before, during, and after Jesus’ short trial and execution. 

What Led Up To Easter Sunday

The political confusion, drama, and desperation were extreme, as every faction grasped at whatever they could find to keep themselves afloat. Chaos reigned. 

The multiple leaders that made up the government powers, as well as the Jewish high priests and religious leaders hoped that crucifying Jesus as an imposter would put an end to it all, but it was really only the beginning. 

And so it went – they put Him to death, the death of a criminal by crucifixion. The most painful, humiliating death they could manage. They tortured Jesus and then buried Him in a borrowed tomb. They sealed it up and place guard outside so that no one could steal His body.

Jesus’ disciples agonized over the wait for three days to be complete. Their world had come to an end, they thought. Doubt ebbed and flowed as they lay low and tried to put the pieces together. When one’s faith faltered, another would remind him of something their Lord had said. 

They had not quite really believed that Jesus would be crucified, even though he had told them that is what would happen. The disciples were still terribly disappointed that he wasn’t going to be taking over the political leadership, as they had assumed from the title ‘King Of The Jews’. 

They were brokenhearted to have lost their Lord and friend so suddenly, still in shock at the finality and brutality of the loss. 

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Easter Sunday Bible Verses

And then…Easter morning! Here is how the gospel of Luke describes that amazing morning: 

Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in, but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground. 

“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?”, asked the men. “He is not here, but he has risen! Remember how he spoke to you when he was still in Galilee, saying, ‘It is necessary that the Son of Man be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day’?” And they remembered his words. 

Returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the Eleven and all the rest. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them were telling the apostles these things. 

But these words seemed like nonsense to them, and they did not believe the women. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. When he stooped to look in, he saw only the linen cloths. So he went away, amazed at what had happened. 

It was at this point that understanding began to dawn in the disciples’ minds. The things that they had heard from Jesus were true and they were able to start processing his words on a level of reality. They were beyond amazed, but still not sure what to do with it all, and unsure of their future role. And then…

Luke 24:36-49

As they were saying these things, he himself stood in their midst. He said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost. “Why are you troubled?”, he asked them. “And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself! Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” Having said this, he showed them his hands and feet.

But while they were still amazed and in disbelief because of their joy, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” So they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. 

He told them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.” 

And so, with their minds and hearts about to burst, they followed his instructions, and the gospel message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins was preached. From there, the message has spread, through thousands of years and untold numbers of people, even in spite of all kinds of attempts to squelch it. Tremendous attempts at putting a stop to this spread have only resulted in spreading it further. Hallelujah!

Easter quotes - Charles Wesley

More Bible Verses For Easter Sunday

I’ve put together some inspiring Bible verses that relate to the Easter story and message, along with a few quotes, just in case you need a quick dose of the real sense of the season. Actually, these are as much for me, as for anyone, as I love taking the time to get serious about the real reason for the Easter season.

John 3:16

For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  (CSB)

This popular verse points us directly to the true meaning of Jesus’ life and death.

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Romans 6:4

Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life. 

Paul tells us that when we are baptized, we are in a sense re-enacting the death and burial of Jesus by going under the water, and symbolizing His resurrection by being raised out of the water with clean hearts, in “newness of life”. Baptism is not the same as receiving salvation but is the outward confession of our inward belief.

1 Peter 1:3-4

“Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” 

This is one of my favorite Easter Sunday verses. Peter is so enthusiastic as he explains that because of God’s mercy, there is an inheritance waiting in heaven for all believers.

Just stop and meditate on those words for a minute or two. “New birth”, “living hope”, and “inheritance” are what we get. And our inheritance cannot perish, it can never be defiled, and it is forever unfading and kept waiting in heaven for you and for me. Awesome, huh?

Philippians 2:8

“He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on a cross.”

Jesus knew God’s plan, and although Jesus was fully God, he was also fully man. He didn’t want to go through the suffering he knew he must face. But because He was God, he knew exactly how it would work out, and so he allowed Himself to be crucified in order to save all humanity from our sins if we will just turn to him and repent.

Revelation 1:17-18

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid. I am the First and the Last, and the Living One. I was dead, but look – I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.” “

John saw Jesus in the vision God gave him while he was exiled to the Island of Patmos. It was out of this vision that he scribed the book of Revelation

Luke 24:2-3

“They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of the Lord jesus.”

On Easter morning, some of Jesus’ friends and followers went to check the grave. They wanted to see if he really had come back to life again, although they could not imagine it. They wondered how they were going to get past the large stone blocking the grave opening so that they could see inside. This is what happened when they arrived at the burial cave:

Luke 24:4-6

“ While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes….”Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men. “He is not here, but he has risen!”

They were delighted and hopeful but unsure what to do next.

Ephesians 1:20

“He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens.”

God had done just as he promised. And God always does as He has promised. To see more about God’s promises, you can go to 17 Promises Of God For Past, Preset, And Future.

Romans 8:11

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.” 

We who believe in Him can also know that God has the power to do bring our bodies to life through His Spirit, by allowing us into heaven, paradise, for eternity.

Acts 4:12

“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”

There is one way to get to heaven, and we don’t have to guess at it. After the crucifixion and resurrection, the disciples put together everything Jesus had taught them during the three years he was with them.

As Peter was being questioned by the Jewish elders, rulers, scribes, and the High Priest, Peter clearly and boldly told them, there is no other way to get into heaven, but only by the shed blood of Jesus. No one else, no other act or word. Just believing in Jesus and putting trust in him only. 

Acts 4:33

“With great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on all of them.”

The apostles had such faith that they couldn’t stop telling people about Jesus and what he could do for them. Even when they were threatened, arrested, and persecuted, they couldn’t stop. They knew without a doubt what they had been witnesses to.

The more the Christian church has been persecuted throughout time, the faster it has grown. There is no stopping God. The Easter story testifies to that and more.

Easter quote - Clarence W. Hall

You may also be interested in reading Holy Week Devotional Scripture Guide OR the post of Good Friday Bible Verses.

What Will You Do With The Easter Story?

What are you doing with this wonderful Good News that started with that first Easter morning and has been unstoppable ever since? As for myself, I have been much too quiet and reserved about its spread. I am making it my goal to learn to step out more, speak up more, and become bolder to do my part in spreading this Gospel that took so many by surprise on that first Easter Sunday, and has brought so many to “repentance for forgiveness”, just as Jesus told his disciples that day.

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