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Easter is coming up in a couple of weeks and I have been doing a little reflecting on this Holy Season.

Here are my top ten Easter Bible Verses:

John 11:25-26

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.
Romans 1:4-5
And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

Mark 15:29-32

People walked by and insulted Jesus and shook their heads, saying, "You said you could destroy the Temple and build it again in three days.  So save yourself! Come down from that cross!"  The leading priests and the teachers of the law were also making fun of Jesus. They said to each other, "He saved other people, but he can't save himself.  If he is really the Christ, the king of Israel, let him come down now from the cross. When we see this, we will believe in him." 

Luke 23: 26-31

As they led Jesus away, Simon, a man from Cyrene, was coming in from the fields. They forced him to carry Jesus' cross and to walk behind him.  A large crowd of people was following Jesus, including some women who were sad and crying for him.  But Jesus turned and said to them, "Women of Jerusalem, don't cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children.  The time is coming when people will say, 'Happy are the women who cannot have children and who have no babies to nurse.'  Then people will say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' And they will say to the hills, 'Cover us!'  If they act like this now when life is good, what will happen when bad times come?"

John 12:23-25

Jesus said to them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to receive his glory.  I tell you the truth, a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die to make many seeds. But if it never dies, it remains only a single seed.  Those who love their lives will lose them, but those who hate their lives in this world will keep true life forever.

Luke 23:44-47

It was about noon, and the whole land became dark until three o'clock in the afternoon,  because the sun did not shine. The curtain in the Templen was torn in two.  Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, I give you my life." After Jesus said this, he died.  When the army officer there saw what happened, he praised God, saying, "Surely this was a good man!"

Mark 15:46-47

Joseph bought some linen cloth, took the body down from the cross, and wrapped it in the linen. He put the body in a tomb that was cut out of a wall of rock. Then he rolled a very large stone to block the entrance of the tomb.  And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw the place where Jesus was laid.

Mark 16:5-7

The women entered the tomb and saw a young man wearing a white robe and sitting on the right side, and they were afraid.  But the man said, "Don't be afraid. You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who has been crucified. He has risen from the dead; he is not here. Look, here is the place they laid him.  Now go and tell his followers and Peter, 'Jesus is going into Galilee ahead of you, and you will see him there as he told you before.'

John 20:16-18

Jesus said to her, "Mary." Mary turned toward Jesus and said in the Jewish language, "Rabboni." (This means Teacher.)  Jesus said to her, "Don't hold on to me, because I have not yet gone up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am going back to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"  Mary Magdalene went and said to the followers, "I saw the Lord!" And she told them what Jesus had said to her.

Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All power in heaven and on earth is given to me.  So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.