First Corinthians 15:19 says, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
Because of Christ’s resurrection, we know the opposite is true. As 1 Corinthians continues, “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
“Made alive”—what a concept. What a gift!
As Easter approaches, it’s the perfect time to reflect on these Easter Bible verses celebrating the resurrection.
Easter Bible verses in the Old Testament
He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God.
Easter Bible verses in the New Testament
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
1 Peter 1:3–5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
As 2 Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
For further reflection on the cross, browse these resources by Max Lucado, Charles Swindoll, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and others.
All verses are taken from the English Standard Version Bible.