I think it’s super important that we take time to prepare out hearts for Easter. Don’t get me wrong, our hearts should always be right before God, but Easter is a special time of renewal, remembrance, and celebrating resurrection.
My prayer is that these devotions will help you focus on the reason we celebrate Easter and all the while, praising our Savior for His mercy and grace on the cross. Ultimately, may we recenter on a Living, Holy King who conquered death.
Where Can You Read About Easter in the Bible?
Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. While the actual accounts are found in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, you can find Easter all through the Bible.
Easter in the Old Testament
This is not an exhaustive list. God promised the Messiah in Gen. 3 and from there are over 450 prophesies of Jesus in the OT. These are just some that point to Easter. I encourage you to dig in for yourself.
- Psalm 22
- Psalm 72
- Psalm 118
- Isaiah 53
- Hosea 5:14-6:2
Easter in the New Testament
As I mentioned, you can read the actual accounts of the Easter story in the gospels listed first but there are other places that are worth mentioning that help us understand Easter.
- Matthew 26-28
- Mark 14-16
- Luke 22-24
- John 12-20
- 1 Corinthians 15
- 2 Corinthians 5
- Romans 5-8
10 Free, Short, Easter Devotions
Easter is Sunday, April 9 this year so my recommendation is for you to begin at least 4 weeks out to focusing on Jesus’ journey to the cross. These devotions should help you do that along with some other prayer and family resources I have listed at the end of the post.
Additional note: Some of these devotions are geared toward women and some are really for anyone so feel free to share with family and friends.
- Blessings of the Cross from Faithway
- This free download is a 40 day devotion from popular authors such as Billy Graham, Max Lucado, Stormie Omartian, and Anne Graham Lotz.
- 4 Week Easter Devotional from Lifeway
- These devotions are made to do one a week leading up to Easter. They are great for week long personal reflection or for sharing in a small group that meets once a week.
- Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy: Morning & Evening Meditations for Holy Week from Desiring God
- There is a book you can purchase but you can download this one for free!
- Because He Lives by She Reads Truth
- This is a 28 day Bible reading plan that walks you through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
- Take the Easter Journey with BibleGateway
- Choose to receive an email daily from any of their list of Easter/Lent Devotions.
- 21 Day Easter Bible Reading Plan from Kathy Howard
- This plan works through the Easter story and offers questions for reflection.
- Easter Bible Reading Plan from Let’s Talk Bible Study
- This plan links the OT Passover with Easter. Study Creation to Resurrection in this free plan.
- 40 Days of Ester Hymn Study from Garments of Splendor
- I love the Easter hymns. Be sure to find the song on youTube and sing along after your reading. Bonus, you can also print the lyrics sheets for free!
- He Is Risen from YouVersion
- 15 Day devo for moms and their kids.
- Women in the Easter Story from YouVersion
- A 7 day devotional that focuses on the women in Jesus’ life.
More Easter Resources
Spring Bible Verses– Focus on resurrection, hope, and new life.
Easter Prayers and Blessings-Prayers for personal Bible study and gatherings to pray over yourself and others this Easter season.
Holy Week Bible Study for Families-Study each day of Holy Week with a reading place, reflection questions, games, and activities.
Countdown to Easter-Who Is Jesus?-Free printable in the form of a cross. Helps your family look forward to and understand the importance of Easter.