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Easter StoryEaster Story: General Introduction
Easter is the celebration of Jesus' victory over death and mankind's hope for eternal life.

The highlights of the Easter story include Jesus' execution (or crucifixion on the cross), His burial and, most importantly, His rising from death (or resurrection).

The accounts of Jesus' trial and execution are described in detail in the historical records of Jesus (Gospels). Essentially, he was condemned by religious leaders objecting to Jesus' claim to be their "Messiah", and then sentenced to death by authorities of the Roman government. Jesus was brutally tortured to death by nailing his hands and feet to an upright post in the shape of a cross.

The account of Jesus' rising from death was also recorded in the historical records of Jesus (Gospels): Three days after His death, a few women first found His tomb empty. Then Jesus appeared in front of these women and His disciples, talking and eating with them. Out of doubts still, one disciple did not believe Jesus was alive again until he actually touched Jesus' fatal wounds.  In the following forty days, hundreds of people witnessed this Jesus who had returned from death until He ascended to Heaven.

Before His death, Jesus had promised eternal life to those who followed Him. If the story ended at His death, Jesus would have been no more than a religious figure with a finite life span. But the fact the Jesus rose from death demonstrated He has the power over death, and only through Him can people have hope for eternal life.  Jesus said,  "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Easter StoryEaster Story: Timeline

Time Lines of Jesus - Final Week | Final Hour

Notable aspects of Jesus Final Week (see timeline)

  • Jesus repeatedly predicted his own murder in Jerusalem
  • Jesus did not take defensive actions or avoid Jerusalem
  • Jesus endured significant physical torture over a 16 hour period
  • Jesus endured significant emotional distress over a 16 hour period
  • Jesus was tortured to death and was buried
  • Jesus' followers reported and recorded his live appearances throughout forty days after his execution

Notable aspects of Jesus Final Hours (see timeline)

  • Final words of Jesus indicated completion of personal mission
  • Words of witnesses emphasized prominence of Jesus
  • Death (from asphyxiation) was conclusive
  • Simultaneous external events intensified the drama

Easter StoryEaster Story: Original Words

Read the Easter story from ancient biographer, Luke (Chapter 24).

  • The Last Supper
  • Luke 22:7-38
  • Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
  • Luke 22:39-46
  • Jesus Arrested
  • Luke 22:47-53
  • Peter Disowns Jesus
  • Luke 22:54-62
  • The Guards Mock Jesus
  • Luke 22:63-65
  • Jesus Before Pilate and Herod
  • Luke 22:66-23:25
  • The Crucifixion
  • Luke 23:26-43
  • Jesus` Death
  • Luke 23:44-49
  • Jesus` Burial
  • Luke 23:50-56
  • The Resurrection
  • Luke 24:1-12
  • On the Road to Emmaus
  • Luke 24:13-35
  • Jesus Appears to the Disciples
  • Luke 24:36-49
  • The Ascension
  • Luke 24:50-53

    Read the Easter story from Jesus' follower, Matthew.

  • Jesus Before Pilate
  • Matthew 27:11-26
  • The Soldiers Mock Jesus
  • Matthew 27:27-31
  • The Crucifixion
  • Matthew 27:32-44
  • The Death of Jesus
  • Matthew 27:45-56
  • The Burial of Jesus
  • Matthew 27:57-61
  • The Guard at the Tomb
  • Matthew 27:62-66
  • The Resurrection
  • Matthew 28:1-10
  • The Guards` Report
  • Matthew 28:11-15
  • The Great Commission
  • Matthew 28:16-20

    Easter Story: In Video

    Images of the first Easter Story week

    Jesus' Crucifixion - A Violent Portrayal (from the Passion of the Christ) of the Easter Story

    Jesus' Crucifixion - A Medical Perspective on the Easter Story

    Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? by Lee Strobel (click on link)

    The Resurrection Conspiracy (Protecting a Lie?)

    Easter StoryEaster Story: Common Questions

    Easter StoryEaster Story: Audio Explanations

    Hear the Easter story told by Max Rondoni, from the Story of the Messiah:

    The Passion: Was There No Other Way? (a 20 minute message from John Ortberg, referencing the movie, "Passion of the Christ")

    Easter StoryEaster Story: In Music

    The Victor (song celebrating Jesus' victory over death - by Keith Green - 4min 26 sec)

    Easter Song (Song starts 1:45 after introduction by Keith Green)

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