Easter is a celebration full of joy of hope, a time when we cherish the profound meaning of Jesus’ incredible sacrifice for us. Sharing this beautiful story with our kids is a cherished opportunity.
Introducing children to Easter Scripture is a great way to help them grasp who Jesus is and what He did for us during Easter.
Let’s break this down into two sections. Not every child is ready for the intricate details of Easter, so it’s wise to approach the story with some discernment.
The first section provides an overview of the Easter story. The second delves deeper into the details that older children may be prepared for.
When selecting Easter Bible verses for your children, consider their readiness and choose accordingly. Below, you’ll find a set of printable Easter Scripture for kids that encapsulates the essence of Easter, available for download at the end of this article.
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Easter Bible Verses for Younger Hearts
It can be hard to know where to start with teaching young children about Easter, but the best place to start is the Bible! You’ll find all of these Scriptures, plus a few more, in our printable Easter Scripture for kids at the end of this post.
You’ll also find links to other resources that can help your child learn more about Easter in age-appropriate ways.
Easter baskets, plastic Easter eggs, and the Easter bunny are fun, but they aren’t the true meaning of Easter. Introduce your children to who Jesus is and what He did for them with these treasures from God’s Word.
“But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
This is a gentle introduction to the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, emphasizing God’s unconditional love.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
This verse beautifully summarizes Easter by emphasizing God’s love and the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus.
“And the third day he shall rise again.” Luke 18:33b KJV
Here’s a prophecy by Jesus, demonstrating His foreknowledge and the power He held over death.
“He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.” Matthew 28:6
This verse reaffirms Jesus’ resurrection and the trustworthiness of His words.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies.” John 11:25
This scripture highlights Jesus’ promise of salvation and eternal life, underscoring His credibility.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” John 14:6
This scripture emphasizes the exclusive pathway to God through Jesus, encouraging trust in His words.
1 Peter 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3
Connect Easter to the concept of being “born again.” This verse illustrates Jesus’ ability to grant a fresh start and eternal hope.
1 John 3:23
“This is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he commanded.” 1 John 3:23
This Bible verse emphasizes belief in Jesus and the importance of loving others, reflecting on God’s immense love demonstrated at Easter.
1 John 4:9
“By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9
This Bible verse underlines God’s unconditional love showcased through Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
“Praise the LORD, my soul, and don’t forget all his benefits, who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your desire with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5 WEBBE
While it might seem odd to look for an Easter verse in the book of Psalms, there are multiple references to Jesus throughout the psalms.
This passage from the Book of Psalms is a testament to Jesus’ forgiveness and redemption, echoing His love and mercy for each of us.
Easter Bible Verses for Older Minds
These verses provide a deeper insight into various facets of Jesus’ journey during Holy Week, challenging older minds to navigate the complexities and significance of His sacrifice and resurrection.
All of these verses are included in the printable Easter Scripture for kids available at the end of this post.
“They took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet him, and cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” John 12:13
This verse captures the moment when Jesus was honored on Palm Sunday before the Last Supper, revealing a poignant contrast between people’s expectations and Jesus’ divine purpose.
“Now the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death, for they feared the people.” Luke 22:1-2
This scripture delves into the backdrop of Easter, shedding light on the tension brewing among religious leaders and their attempts to eliminate Jesus due to His influence.
“Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him to you?” So they weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver.” Matthew 26:14-15
The Bible verse shows a heartbreaking scene, depicting Judas’s betrayal of the Son of God for thirty pieces of silver, highlighting the depths of human betrayal and misplaced priorities.
“Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered, “So you say.” Mark 15:2
During Jesus’ trial, this verse illustrates the conflict between Jesus’ divine identity and who people wanted Him to be, emphasizing His ultimate purpose.
“Jesus therefore came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. Pilate said to them, “Behold, the man!” John 19:5
This Bible verse is a poignant portrayal of Jesus’ suffering, wearing a crown of thorns and a mock royal robe, a testament to His endurance and sacrificial love.
“He saved others, but he can’t save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.” Matthew 27:42
This scripture shows an instance of mockery directed at Jesus while on the cross, underscoring His unwavering commitment to fulfill God’s plan for salvation.
“Jesus cried again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit.” Matthew 27:50
This Bible verse is a stark proclamation of Jesus’ death, crucial in emphasizing the reality and significance of His sacrifice.
“He took it down, and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb that was cut in stone, where no one had ever been laid.” Luke 23:53
This scripture is an account of Jesus’ burial, highlighting the faithfulness of a few followers even amidst uncertainty and grief.
Mark 16:5-6, John 20:18
“Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, “Don’t be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him!” Mark 16:5-6
“Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had said these things to her.” John 20:18
These Bible verses describe the witnesses to the empty tomb and Jesus’ appearances afterward, reinforcing the resurrection narrative and its meaning.
“Jesus said to him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.’” John 20:29
Jesus’ affirmed belief without tangible evidence, encouraging faith beyond what can be seen. This is a vital lesson for those grappling with doubt.
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus’ commission to spread His teachings worldwide, a call to continue His mission of sharing hope and love with all nations.
Beyond these verses, there are numerous resources available to enrich your child’s understanding of the Easter story.
Consider reading Lifeway’s “Teaching Preschoolers about Easter.” This article offers a short, Scripture-based Easter story. It also gives some pointers and guidance on sharing the story of Easter with preschool students.
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes has pictures, a couple of descriptive paragraphs, and response questions to go along with a short Bible reading. It covers the Easter story. This might be for slightly older children.
Free Homemade Resurrection Eggs Printables might be a good way to cover the Easter story with your kids, depending on their ages. Plastic eggs, an empty egg carton, and a few other supplies help you set up your own Resurrection Eggs.
Free Printable Easter Scripture for Kids
To aid in this journey of discovery, we offer a free PDF download of Printable Easter Scripture for Kids, encompassing all of the Bible verses mentioned in this article. You can use these verses as memory aids or incorporate them into engaging activities before or on Easter Sunday.
One of the fun ways you can use this is to tuck them in an Easter egg with some candy during an Easter Egg Hunt. You could also share them with adults, putting them in an Easter greeting card or accompanying some homemade goods.
Looking for other options? Check out these cute Easter egg verse cards from Bible Story Printables.
You also might want to check out these brightly colored Easter Bible verse cards from The Original Mom.
As we approach Resurrection Sunday, let’s embrace this privilege of telling the ultimate story of hope and love to the children in our lives. The story of Jesus and who He is to us is so important to share with these young hearts.
Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, or a family friend, may this experience encourage both you and the young hearts you’re guiding this Easter season.