8 New Testament Scriptures to Contemplate on Easter Sunday

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8 New Testament Scriptures to Contemplate on Easter Sunday

The New Testament offers a treasure trove of beautiful and memorable passages about the death and resurrection of Jesus. Here are my thoughts on eight of them. I am sure they will enrich and inspire you this coming Easter Sunday—and every day thereafter. 

Paul thus offers Scriptural evidence to demonstrate that Jesus’ death and resurrection were in the making for centuries before His birth. In fact, it had been a part of God’s eternal plan all along. Isn’t that amazing?   

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay."

For some reason, this particular verse makes me quite emotional. It’s the words spoken by the angel to the women who had come to Jesus’ tomb, hoping to anoint His dead body. This verse moves me, I think, because it’s so straightforward and simple. The angel isn’t blowing a trumpet or singing a joyful song. Rather, he is just nonchalantly sitting on the stone he’d rolled away from the tomb’s entrance and informing the women of the bare facts—without any pomp or circumstance: “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

Just as he said. Indeed, Jesus had alluded to His death and resurrection before He was killed (SEE: Matthew 16:21, Mark 8:31-32, and Luke 9:22). The angel is ultimately suggesting that what he has announced is nothing shocking—it was always going to happen. I can imagine just how awestruck the women felt and how their souls—recently overshadowed with despair—were now brimming over with immeasurable hope. 

"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." 

As Peter explains here, the resurrection of Jesus means that we can be born again. It’s a spiritual renewal—a fresh start for the soul—and gives us an eternal hope—one that can never be destroyed. 

"And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

I think I’m in the majority here when I say that I just love this passage. It’s one of my favorites. Not only did Jesus, the sovereign King of the universe, go beneath Himself by becoming a man, but He also submitted to the most ignominious death known to humanity at the time: “death on a cross!” How blessed are we to be the children of such a selfless and loving Lord! And may we always fall on our knees and sing of the wonderful name of Jesus, by whom we have been saved!

"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to since for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."

In this heartwarming passage, Paul explains that Jesus’s resurrection means that the powers of sin and death no longer have power or claim over us. As followers of Jesus, we are able to partake in His immortality and reassume our rightful place in heaven. Isn’t it incredible that we are immune to death because Jesus, our Lord and Savior, took it upon Himself and vanquished it on the cross? We are so blessed to be the people of God!

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Roma Maitlall fancies herself a bit of a logophile (from the Greek, meaning “lover of words”). She's loved writing ever since she could hold a pencil, and this passion inspired her to study English at St. John's University, her alma mater. Now an editor for an NYC-based publisher, Roma spends most of her days dreaming of becoming a published author and obsessing over her favorite people in the world: her sisters. She enjoys exploring museums on the weekends, getting in touch with her heritage, and learning everything there is to know about history, literature, religion, pop culture, and art. She lives in Queens, New York.