Yesterday after church I was talking with a Christian who said he doesn’t do much for Easter. I think he may represent much of western Christianity. We spend a month getting ready for Christmas–at least the secular festivities attached to it–and the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection gets little more than a nod.

If we have little kids around (or overgrown ones), we may dye some eggs and make up a basket of goodies or two and play “Easter bunny.” But what does any of that have to do with the resurrection?

Yet the Bible, which gives no instruction about celebrating Christ’s birth, does instruct, repeatedly, to “remember the Lord’s death till He comes.” And the Resurrection is the main point of Christianity. Without it, our faith is useless! (1 Cor 15:17,19).

So, if in the bustle and fury of life’s drivenness you didn’t get much chance to focus on the heart of the day yesterday and the hope of joy and glory ahead, here are some Old Testament verses prophesying resurrection (and a few New Testament ones). Just hover your cursor on each, read, savor, and rejoice!

Isaiah 26:19

Job 19:25-26

Psalm 17:15

Psalm 16:10

Daniel 12:2

John 14:19

1 Thessalonians 4:14

1 Corinthians 15:3-7,21-22