45 Easter Bible verses to help celebrate that Jesus is risen

Easter is a season to come together to celebrate Christ’s triumph over death through praise and worship. From egg hunts to Easter bunnies, it’s easy to get distracted from the real meaning of this sacred season. Turning back to scripture is one of the best ways to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.

Check out these 45 Easter Bible verses to help us remember Jesus’ sacrifice and celebrate the Resurrection this year.

Easter Bible verses about the Resurrection

He is risen indeed! Here are some inspirational Easter verses to remind you of the wonder and miraculous power of Jesus’ resurrection this Easter.

  • Matthew 28:5–6: “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.’”
  • Mark 16:4–6: “But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 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.’”
  • Luke 24:5b–6a: “‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!’”
  • John 11:25–26: “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.’”
  • Acts 2:24: “But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
  • Acts 3:15: “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.”
  • Acts 10:40: “But God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.”
  • Romans 8:11: “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:14: “For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:4: “...that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
  • 1 Peter 1:3: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
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Easter scriptures for kids

Help the young ones in your church community understand the true meaning of this special holiday with these short, easy-to-memorize Easter Bible verses for kids. 

  • John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  • 1 Corinthians 6:14: “By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.”
  • Matthew 18:3: “And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’”
  • Mark 10:14: “When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’”
  • Luke 18:16: “But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’”
  • Romans 10:9: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
  • John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” 

Easter Sunday Bible verses

Our Easter celebrations are centered around celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and victory over death. Here are Easter Sunday scriptures that paint a vivid picture of this powerful event. 

  • 1 Corinthians 15:20: “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
  • Colossians 3:1: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
  • Romans 8:34: “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
  • Luke 24:34: “and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’”
  • 1 Corinthians 5:7b: “...For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
  • Acts 4:33: “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.”
  • Revelation 1:18: “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

Easter Bible verses about the cross

In Roman culture, the cross was meant to be a symbol of punishment and shame. However, Jesus’ selfless death turned the cross into a symbol of hope for Christians around the world. Here are some scriptures you can use to remember what the cross means to us today. 

  • Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
  • 1 Peter 2:24: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds, you have been healed.’”
  • Philippians 2:8: “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
  • Colossians 1:20: “And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
  • Hebrews 12:2: “...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
  • Revelation 5:12: “In a loud voice they were saying: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’”

Easter Scriptures about hope & renewal

Easter is a season that commemorates Jesus conquering death and bringing us new life through salvation. The following scriptures remind us of God’s desire to bring us hope, refreshing, and renewal. 

  • Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Colossians 1:27: “To them, God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
  • Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16–18: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
  • Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
  • Ezekiel 36:26: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
  • Psalm 71:5: “For you, Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
  • 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
  • Psalm 23:3: “He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
  • Lamentations 3:22–23: “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
  • Titus 3:5: “…he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
  • Romans 8:24–25: “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

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*All Bible verses here are from the New International Version translation

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