Easter Bible Verses: 7 Scriptures About The Resurrection of Jesus

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most powerful beliefs in Christianity?  What are some of the most important verses about Easter?  What ones would you choose?

Luke 24:2-3 “And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.”

Easter Bible Verses

The greatest thing about going to the tomb of Jesus was that it was found empty.  He had been resurrected and was not there.  The empty tomb is one of the most powerful evidences of the resurrection that there is.  Since it was empty, our grave will also be emptied at the return of Christ when all will be raised, both those who trusted in Him and those who did not, but they will be going to two different locations (Rev 20:11-15).

First Corinthians 15:12-19 “Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.  We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

If Christ was not raised then our faith is hopeless and Paul would be misrepresenting God but indeed, Christ was raised and our hopes and those who have fallen asleep (died) in Christ are gone forever.  Why would Paul even preach the  gospel if he knew that it was not true and why die for a cause he knew to be a lie?  No, he was convinced and tried to reassure the Corinthian church that those who died in Christ will be raised again someday unto eternal life.

John 11:25-26 “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?”

Jesus was speaking to Martha and Martha did believe in the resurrection (John 11:27) and Jesus was not only going to shortly resurrect Lazarus from the dead, someday all that hear His voice will be raised but some will rise to be condemned while those who trust in Him will be raised to eternal life.  Jesus was clear about this in John 5:25, 28-29 when He said “I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live… Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out-those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”

Peter 1:3-4 “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.”

Jesus said that I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) but you could put the word “eternal” in front of that because that is what He meant and that is the context of this chapter.  If you reject His way, His truth and His eternal life, then you choose death.  That is why Peter said a person is blessed for choosing Christ.

Acts 24:16,21  “having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust, other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.’”

Paul was on trial for preaching Christianity or “the Way” as it was called early in the church.  The hope of the just or the justified (in Christ) is that of the resurrection and that hope is that not even death can separate them from God (Rom 8:35) because God is for those who believe in His Son (Rom 8:31, 33) but he or she that rejects trusting in Christ stands condemned at His return (John 3:17).

Acts 4:33  “And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.”

Why wouldn’t the apostles give their testimony of Jesus Christ since they had been with Him for forty days after His resurrection?  They had touched Him, ate with Him, and were taught by Him…all after He was resurrected from the dead.  That would tend to make a person have “great power” because they were greatly convinced.  Eyewitnesses are powerful testimony but over 500 eyewitnesses is incredibly convincing testimony (1 Cor 15:6).

Matthew 27:52-54 “The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.  When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

The Centurion, a high official and military commander of 100 men, after all he had seen, was thoroughly convinced that this was the Son of God.  He had just seen Him murdered, and just moments after His death a powerful earthquake struck and many who had been in their graves came out of their tombs and then went into the city and many saw them there.  This Centurion was one of the eye witnesses of this miraculous event and apparently had believed after all that he saw.  The dead being resurrected may indicate that since Jesus paid the price for the sins of those who had died and believed on Him, they could then be resurrected because of Jesus substitutionary death on the cross made their resurrection possible. Up to that moment, no one could have eternal life except in Paradise but Jesus’ paid it all so we could have it all…that is eternal life and be in His presence for all time.


If you have not been born again (John 3:3) then you have another death coming…an eternal death…one in which you will be forever separated from God and have no second chance to repent, confess, and trust in Christ.  By the time you die or if Christ returns first, and you haven’t yet repented, confessed your sins, and trusted in Christ, you will face eternal destruction in hell.  If you are born once, you’ll die twice but if you’re born twice, you die only once and then be raised to eternal life forever.  You choose either life eternal or eternal destruction.  There is no neutrality for to make no choice is to choose death.

Another Reading on Patheos to Check Out: What Did Jesus Really Look Like: A Look at the Bible Facts

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book  Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon

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  • mike davis

    The truth is the truth, and Jesus says it is the truth that sets you free.- from The Present, a free book at http://www.truthcontest.com

    What do you think about this? Agree or disagree?

    • Jack Wellman

      Either the truth sets you free or it makes you really mad.

    • Jack Wellman

      Mr. Davis, the “truthcontest.com” site is spot on. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  • JIZ

    Thank you for the collection of verses, Pastor Wellman — much food for prayer on Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter season!

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you JIZ for your kind words. I pray you have an awesome Resurrection Sunday.

  • clnkin

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Kathleen Jones

    When I was eight years old my two sisters,baby brother and I all saw Jesus. He did not talk to me he only touch me on my back down my spine. He did this before I saw him, starting at my neck he went down my spine I did know it was him I said to myself I feel no wetness like from blood no pain. I said to myself I have to get the courage to turn and see what it was that was do this. So I turned and there he was Jesus I could only look at him. He shined so brightly I could hardly see his face but I did. Slowly he back into the closet about ten feet away. I can still see his face in my vision today like it was on that day. God is who shines from behind him and pure love is what I feel and see from Jesus. I want all to know that he is very real and he is returning soon so repent and love as one another as he loves you. Jesus died for our sins for peoples sins he didn’t even know be thankful for that love will be forever.

    • Jack Wellman

      Amazing Mrs/Ms. Jones. We will all behold His face someday and He will either be our Judge (Rev 20:12-15) or our King and I chose the latter.

    • Without Malice

      Hmm, billions of people dying and going to hell for lack of belief, and good ol Jesus shows himself to eight year old.

      • Jeff Webb

        For future readers of this blog who are cynical like this “Without Malice” guy: First, not “for lack of belief” really. Look into this topic more. Second, children who actively seek God often have one or more positive spiritual experiences. James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” It isn’t really a mystery. This works for people of any age, to varying degrees depending on the person and their mindset.

  • Robert Conner

    “When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” (Matthew 28:17)

    The Romans had it right:


  • Without Malice

    The one about all those zombies roaming around Jerusalem is a real doozy. But then, stories about the walking dead were as popular then as they are now. Funny thing is, when Jesus was out preaching his nonsense, he supposedly preached before thousands, even providing a free lunch for ten thousand one time and five thousand at a different time. Yet when he pulls his greatest trick, coming back from the dead, the belief in which is the only thing that will save mankind (which he loves) from eternal torture, he shows himself to no one but his homeboys from Galilee. I’ve often wondered why he didn’t go into Jerusalem himself, show himself to Harrod, and Pilot, and the chief men of the Jews. He could have converted all of Judea in one night. I guess it would have been too damn easy.

    • Jeff Webb

      Note, the text mentions people raised from the dead, not “zombies”. Also, Jesus showed Himself to hundreds of people, not just His “homeboys”. Any real research and you will stumble across that fact. You mocker-people have similar modus operandi. You can’t just be cynical within yourself, you have to throw disrespect in other people’s faces, along with twisted half-truths and large gaps in your research and/or an intentional, unflattering re-editing of the facts. It’s a shame, and it creates yet another obstacle for genuine seekers of truth to overcome.