A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: Jesus, his death and resurrection


Jesus' death on the Cross and resurrection on the third day form the climax of the gospel story. All four gospels devote several chapters to the arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. These events are seen as taking place in both the human and divine spheres. Jesus is caught up in the machinations of Jewish and The empty tombimperial politics and at the same time he believed to be the Son of God who dies for the sins of the world. Paul later summarises the meaning of these events like this: 'God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself'. The gospels all report that Jesus' tomb was found empty on the first Easter Sunday and describe subsequent appearances to his disciples and others in a form which was both tangible yet other-worldly. The resurrection is seen as God's vindication of Jesus and the triumph of life over death.

Related topics

Big ideas: Cross, crucifixion; Death and resurrection; Redemption, salvation

Cultural References

St Mathew's Passion (Bach)

Bible References

Luke 23:23-46; John 20:1-18
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