As we celebrate Easter, it’s impossible to emphasize too strongly the importance of remembering the true meaning of the miracle of Jesus rising from the dead. Without Easter, there’s no Christianity. No wonder there are so many powerful Easter quotes about this essential celebration.
Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Jesus died on the cross to take away the sins of the world (John 3:16). But many men died on crosses because of Roman punishment. Those men weren’t saviors for the world. They suffered as Jesus did and were buried, often cast into mass graves. So, although essential, the cross can’t be the end of the story. There must be Easter—when Jesus came back to life. He is the only man in history who rose from the dead and never died again. Others like Lazarus were risen from the dead by Jesus but died again at some point. Only Jesus rose from the tomb and ascended into heaven, to sit at the right hand of God the Father (Ephesians 1:20). Yes, two other men in history disappeared without death, Enoch (Hebrews 11:5) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11), but they don’t sit on the throne as the second person of the Trinity. That’s an insurmountable difference.
In my book, Pure-Hearted: The Blessings of Living Out God’s Glory, I emphasize another primary significant point: Christ’s resurrection assures us of our security as a believer in Christ. “Without the resurrection, Jesus’ death as evidence of his Messiahship is suspect. But the resurrection confirmed Jesus’ words: ‘It is finished.’ The empty grave declares God saying, ‘See? It really is true! Jesus was no imposter. This is my stamp of approval. I’m satisfied with my Son’s death on the cross in your place to wipe away all your sin. Therefore, you can live in confidence’” (page 59).
What fantastic, miraculous news!
May the quotes, thoughts, and Scripture you read here be a source of great encouragement, strength, and joy knowing if you are a Christian, you will one day rise from the dead into your eternal heavenly home. Jesus’ death and resurrection assure that fact. No wonder we must welcome being reminded of the meaning of Easter!
Religious Easter Quotes
Here are a variety of quotes to make Easter even more meaningful.
“The Easter message tells us that our enemies, sin, the curse and death, are beaten. Ultimately they can no longer start mischief. They still behave as though the game were not decided, the battle not fought; we must still reckon with them, but fundamentally we must cease to fear them any more.”—Karl Barth
“The biggest fact about Joseph’s tomb was that it wasn’t a tomb at all—it was a room for a transient. Jesus just stopped there a night or two on his way back to glory.”—Herbert Booth Smith
“The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in.”—Peter Marshall
“The return of Easter should be to the Christian life the call of a trumpet. It is the news of a great victory. It is the solution of a great perplexity. It is the assurance of a great triumph.”—Frederick Temple
“The resurrection of Jesus stands fast as a fact, unaffected by the waves of skepticism that ceaselessly through the ages beat themselves against it. It holds within it the vastest hope for time and eternity that humanity can ever know.”—James Orr
“The Gospels do not explain the resurrection; the resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith.”—John S. Whale
“People come together with their families to celebrate Easter. What better way to celebrate than to spend a few hours going on the journey of Christ’s life.”—Roma Downey
“This week, whatever you may be facing, remember that in three short days, the disciples and family of Christ went from hopelessness to hopeful –from devastation to celebration, from defeat to victory! Because of the cross and the tomb, you have a hope in Christ!”—Sheri Easter
“What is the difference between a dead Christ, whom the women went to anoint, and a living Christ? A dead Christ, I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.”—Andrew Murray
Whether short or long, quotes about Easter thrill our hearts. Here are some short Easter quotes.
“On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.”–Douglas Horton
“The Resurrection is God’s “Amen!” to Christ’s statement, “It is finished.”—S. Lewis Johnson
“The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise.”—Carl Knudsen
“Christianity begins where religion ends … with the Resurrection.”—Anonymous
“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”—Clarence W. Hall
“The stone at the tomb of Jesus was a pebble to the Rock of Ages inside.”—Fred Beck
“The resurrection is a fact of history without which history does not make sense.”—Clark H. Pinnock
“The simplest meaning of Easter is that we are living in a world in which God has the last word.”–Anonymous
Easter Blessings from Church Tradition and Scripture
Although Easter may not have as many blessings and traditions as Christmas, there are more than ample references in Scripture to the event of what we have named “Easter.” The word “Easter” is not used in Scripture but seems to have its roots referring to the beginning of Spring and possibly referring to a goddess named “Eostre.” But there is no universal agreement among scholars regarding the first usage of the word.
What is important is that Jesus has risen. In fact, the primary tradition of Easter, which we can call a kind of blessing, is when we greet each other with “He is risen!” Then the other person responds, “He is risen indeed!”
This is based on Mark 16:6 when the angel greeted the three women at the tomb, saying, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Of course, when they “saw” the place, Jesus wasn’t there! Unlike those women who initially didn’t tell anyone what they experienced because they were afraid (Mark 16:8), we enthusiastically exclaim, “He is risen!”
Here are a variety of Scriptures and blessings that deepen the true meaning of Easter.
“Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?” Acts 26:8.
“Almighty God, who through your only‑begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”— Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version
“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” Romans 8:34.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3-5.
“Christ is risen: The world below lies desolate. Christ is risen: The spirits of evil are fallen. Christ is risen: The angels of God are rejoicing. Christ is risen: The tombs of the dead are empty. Christ is risen indeed from the dead, the first of the sleepers! Glory and Power are His for ever and ever! Amen.”—Saint Hippolytus of Rome
“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” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22.
“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2.
“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” 1 Peter 1:3.
“Dear Lord Jesus Christ, by Your radiant and magnificent resurrection, You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave as a conqueror. You reconciled Heaven and earth. Our life had no hope of eternal happiness before You redeemed us. Your resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence, and brought us joy. How inestimable is the tenderness of Your love!”—Saint Gregory the Great
“and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places” Ephesians 1:19-20.
A Beautiful Prayer to Celebrate and Reflect on Easter
Father God, I am filled with gratitude and awe thinking of your Son’s sacrifice on Good Friday and His power on Easter. There really aren’t words sufficient to describe the significance of what the resurrection means. But I offer my gratitude because I acknowledge I have been set free from the bondage of sin and eternal death. Your power is available to me to resist sin. I have your assurance I will join you forever in heaven. My joy and peace overflow. Thank you for reminding me that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power I have available to me to live a godly life. Thank you for receiving my praise and thanksgiving. I offer them sincerely and gladly. In Jesus’s Name, I pray, Amen.
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Kathy Collard Miller delights in sharing biblical insights to inspire Christians to trust God more and know His attributes in truth. She is the author of 58 books and over a thousand articles and blog posts. Her most recent book, co-authored with her husband, Larry, is God’s Intriguing Questions: 60 New Testament Devotions Revealing Jesus’s Nature. Larry and Kathy live in Southern California and are international speakers, parents, grandparents, and lay counselors. www.KathyCollardMiller.com