Of all the Bible verses and quotes about Easter, I think my favorite would have to be Mark 16:6. To me, this verse sums up the ultimate truth about this day, the cornerstone of my Christian faith:
He is not here, He is risen, just as He said. (Mark 16:6).
I can’t even express how I feel when I just close my eyes and think on those words. Jesus Christ lives today. He is not in that grave. He is risen, just like He said. I’ve found quotes from celebrities, great names in history, theologians, and lots of modern day leaders. My prayer is that you would enjoy reading through this massive collection of quotes for Easter, considering the true meaning of the Cross, the Resurrection, and the choice that we must all make when it comes to the message of the Gospel.
With a collection this large, I’ve provided a table of contents to make it easier to navigate. Notice there are even Easter quotes for your Facebook and Twitter statuses! I want to make it easy for you to share the message of Easter this season.
Click on any of the listings below to go straight to those quotes about Easter
- Easter Quotes from the Bible
- Inspirational Easter Quotes
- Quotes on Easter
- Famous Easter Quotes
- Christian Quotes about Easter
- Christian Quotes for Easter
- Easter Sayings for Cards
- Easter Greetings Messages
- Easter Quotes for Facebook and Twitter
Easter Quotes from the Bible
These Easter quotes from the Bible are taken from the New Living Translation. (That’s the translation we use here on the blog every day for our Daily Verse.)
But as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of the grave. (Psalm 49:15)
But those who die in the LORD will live; their bodies will rise again! Those who sleep in the earth will rise up and sing for joy! For your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people in the place of the dead! (Isaiah 26:19)
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. (Isaiah 53:4-6)
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)
They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. (Matthew 27:28-31)
[B]ut the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body.” (Mark 16:6)
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” (John 10:18)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
“So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” (Acts 2:36)
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:6-8)
And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:16-17)
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:12-13)
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. (1 Peter 1:3-4)
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:9-10)
Inspirational Easter Quotes
These inspirational Easter quotes are from many names that you might recognize.
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross.
Good Friday is the mirror held up by Jesus so that we can see ourselves in all our stark reality, and then it turns us to that cross and to his eyes and we hear these words, Father forgive them for they know not what they do. ~Robert G. Trache
There is no faith in Jesus without understanding that on the cross we see into the heart of God and find it filled with mercy for the sinner whoever he or she may be. ~Robert G. Trache
Does God really love us? I say look to the crucified Jesus. Look to the old rugged cross. By every thorn that punctured His brow. By every mark of the back-lacerating scourge. By every hair of his beard plucked from his cheeks by cruel fingers. By every bruise which heavy fists made upon His head, God said, I love you! ~Billy Lobbs
Christ died. He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to follow Him, He left not silver or gold, but something far better–His PEACE! ~Matthew Henry
Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like himself before he takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility, and our ultimate destiny. ~Rick Warren
God may thunder His commands from Mount Sinai and men may fear, yet remain at heart exactly as they were before. But let a man once see his God down in the arena as a Man–suffering, tempted, sweating, and agonized, finally dying a criminal’s death–and he is a hard man indeed who is untouched. ~J.B. Phillips
If one does away with the fact of the Resurrection, one also does away with the Cross, for both stand and fall together, and one would then have to find a new center for the whole message of the gospel. ~Hans Urs von Balthasar
It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it. ~Hans Urs von Balthasar
Quotes on Easter
Since what happened on the first Easter is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, you may like these quotes on Easter that offer great insight and points to ponder about the resurrection of Christ.
If there were more than one path to salvation then it would totally negate Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, his life, his teachings. ~Josh McDowell
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
The empty tomb stands, a veritable rock, as an essential element in the evidence for the resurrection. To suggest that it was not in fact empty at all, as some have done, seems to me ridiculous. ~J.N.D. Anderson
The simple fact that the Christian fellowship, founded on belief in Jesus’ resurrection, came into existence and flourished in the very city where he was executed and buried is powerful evidence for the historicity of the empty tomb. ~Dr. William Lane Craig
Ah, how many Marahs have been sweetened by a simple, satisfying glimpse of the Tree and the Love which underwent its worst confict there. Yes, the Cross is the tree that sweetens the waters. ‘Love never faileth.’ ~Jim Elliot
Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world. ~John Piper
Famous Easter Quotes
I dug around to find these famous Easter quotes. A few I had heard before but didn’t know who had said them. I love seeing how so many famous people have had their own unique thoughts about Easter.
I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history. ~H.G. Wells
I am within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life. ~James C. Hefley
I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are very wise and very beautiful; but I never read in either of them: “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.” ~Augustine
No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. ~Albert Einstein
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. ~C.S. Lewis
All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning. ~Oswald Chambers
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…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
What reason have atheists for saying that we cannot rise again? That what has never been, should be, or that what has been, should be again? Is it more difficult to come into being than to return to it. ~Blaise Pascal
I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him. ~Napoleon
It will make a weak man mighty. it will make a mighty man fall. It will fill your heart and hands or leave you with nothing at all. It’s the eyes for the blind and legs for the lame. It is the love for hate and pride for shame. That’s the power of the gospel. ~Ben Harper
Christ is the Son of God. He died to atone for men’s sin, and after three days rose again. This is the most important fact in the universe. I die believing in Christ. ~Watchman Nee (Written on a note found under his pillow, in prison, at his death.)
There are times when I feel that he has withdrawn from me, and I have often given him cause, but Easter is always the answer to My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me! ~Madeleine L’Engle
Ready-to-Halt, Poor Fearing, and thou, Mrs. Despondency, and Much-afraid, go often there [the empty tomb]; let it be your favorite haunt. There build a tabernacle, there abide. And often say to your heart, when you are in distress and sorrow, Come, see the place where the Lord lay. ~Charles Spurgeon
Christian Quotes about Easter
These Christian quotes about Easter offer even more in the way of deep views on what Easter means. It’s not hard to have your own personal revival reading through these!
No, you can take it from an expert in cover-ups–I’ve lived through Watergate–that nothing less than a resurrected Christ could have caused those men to maintain to their dying whispers that Jesus is alive and is Lord. Two thousand years later, nothing less than the power of the risen Christ could inspire Christians around the world to remain faithful–despite prison, torture, and death. ~Chuck Colson
If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption. ~Josh McDowell
The resurrection is the keystone of the arch on which our faith is supported. If Christ has not risen, we must impeach all those witnesses for lying. If Christ has not risen, we have no proof that the crucifixion of Jesus differed from that of the two thieves who suffered with him. If Christ has not risen, it is impossible to believe his atoning death was accepted. ~D.L. Moody
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!
Fundamentally, our Lord’s message was Himself. He did not come merely to preach a Gospel; He himself is that Gospel. He did not come merely to give bread; He said, “I am the bread.” He did not come merely to shed light; He said, “I am the light.” He did not come merely to show the door; He said, “I am the door.” He did not come merely to name a shepherd; He said, “I am the shepherd.” He did not come merely to point the way; He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” ~J. Sidlow Baxter
Our identity as Christians is strengthened as we stand in the lengthening shadows of saints down through the centuries, who have always answered back in antiphonal voice: ‘He is risen, indeed!’ ~Charles Swindoll
On that Sunday morning the first thing that impressed the people who approached the tomb was the unusual position of the one and a half to two ton stone that had been lodged in front of the doorway. ~Josh McDowell
The heart of the gospel is redemption, and the essence of redemption is the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ. ~C.H. Spurgeon
Christian Quotes for Easter
Several of these are among my favorite Christian quotes. For Easter, these would work great for Sunday worship bulletins or even church signs.
We must not forget that it wasn’t the Jews that put him on the cross, and it wasn’t the Romans. It was my sins, it was your sins, the sins of this world. ~Franklin Graham
Take with you the joy of Easter to the home, and make that home bright with more unselfish love, more hearty service… ~John Ellerton
God led Jesus to a cross, not a crown, and yet that cross ultimately proved to be the gateway to freedom and forgiveness for every sinner in the world. ~Bill Hybels
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
It horribly skews the meaning of the cross when contemporary prophets of self-esteem say that the cross is a witness to my infinite worth. The biblical perspective is that the cross is a witness to the infinite worth of God’s glory, and a witness to the immensity of the sin of my pride. ~John Piper
There was no identity crisis in the life of Jesus Christ. He knew who He was. He knew where He had come from, and why he was here. And he knew where He was going. And when you are that liberated, then you can serve. ~Howard Hendricks
If I do not give a friend “The benefit of the doubt,” but put the worst construction instead of the best on what is said or done, then I know nothing of Calvary love. ~Amy Carmichael
How many there are … who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God. ~Lottie Moon
Easter Sayings for Cards
If you need Easter sayings for cards that you’re making this year, check out the ones below.
It was inevitable that Jesus Christ should be crucified. It was also inevitable that He should rise again. ~H. R. L. Sheppard
Christianity begins where religion ends…with the resurrection. ~Herbert Booth Smith
Jesus cannot forget us; we have been graven on the palms of his hands. ~Lois Picillo
By way of the Cross, the floodgates of Heaven have been opened and all the eternal promises of God will be ours to treasure. ~Chuck Ferrell
The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. ~Robert Flatt
Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection. ~Watchman Nee
The message of Christ is not Christianity. The message of Christ is Christ. ~Gary Amirault
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us. ~John R.W. Stott
Easter Greetings Messages
More Easter greetings…messages for cards, suitable for framing, and perfect for putting on note cards around the house.
Live in the awareness that Christ lives and that He lives in His people. ~Julien B. Weil
The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise. ~Carl Knudsenf
For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all newborn. ~Alice Freeman Palmer
I place my trust
And find my glory
In the power of the Cross.
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Hallelujah! is our song. ~Pope John Paul II
The cross is the victory, the resurrection is the triumph… ~Eric Sauer
To a Christian, Easter Sunday means everything, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. ~Bernhard Langer
The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. ~Robert Flatt
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~Martin Luther
Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals. ~Charles M. Crowe
Easter Quotes for Facebook and Twitter
Now that we all have our own personal forums, why not post a few Easter quotes for Facebook and Twitter statuses? These are all the right length for a tidbit of truth that will really cause you to pause and consider what great things He has done!
Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. ~Clarence W. Hall
The cross is a one time visual representation of God’s grief over sin. ~Dean L. Harvey
The message of Easter is not that Jesus is alive, it is so much more. The message of Easter is that Jesus has risen! ~Colin Smith
Look at the cross and you will know what one soul means to Jesus. ~Mother Teresa
Jesus is God spelling Himself out in language that men can understand. ~S.D. Gordon
If the Lord’s bearing our sin for us is not the gospel, I have no gospel to preach. ~C.H. Spurgeon
A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me. ~Andrew Murray
The Cross will be for us as it was for Christ: proof of the greatest love. ~Mother Teresa
Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God’s scheme ultimately leads back to the cross. ~Philip Yancey
The entire plan for the future has its key in the resurrection. ~Billy Graham
No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown. ~William Penn
Nobody’s perfect. The only one that ever was, was crucified. ~Loretta Lynn
We live and die; Christ died and lived! ~John Stott
Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me. ~Jim Elliot
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