Easter is the oldest festival on the Christian calendar, commemorating the day when Jesus arose from the dead, according to biblical teachings. Sunday, Christians around the world will gather to feast, drink and recall the story of Jesus’ resurrection three days after his crucifixion, as told in the Bible.

Easter comes after a 40-day period called Lent, when many Christians repent, pray and fast. The fasting is a symbolic act meant to mirror Jesus’ sacrifice for mankind. Here are 17 biblical, inspirational and funny sayings to share this Easter.

Biblical Easter Quotes

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds, you have been healed.” -- 1 Peter 2:24

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” -- Isaiah 53:5

“And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” -- Mark 10:34

“And he said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’” -- Luke 23:43

“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” -- Luke 24:6-7

“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.” -- Romans 1:4-5

Inspirational Easter Quotes

“The great gift of Easter is hope: Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.” -- English Benedictine monk Basil Hume

“A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” -- Mahatma Gandhi

“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.” -- Clarence W. Hall

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people, and hallelujah is our song.” -- Pope John Paul II

“Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.” -- New Testament scholar N.T. Wright

Funny Easter Quotes

“Easter has been canceled: They found the body.” -- New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher

“Happy Easter, everyone! Jesus dies, comes back from the dead -- and we get chocolate eggs. It’s like turn-down service from God.” -- Denis Leary

“I’d be more impressed with Jesus’ resurrection if I’d never seen ‘Weekend at Bernie’s.’” -- Unknown

“My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.” -- Amy Sedaris

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” -- Danny Kaye

“Earth’s saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart!” -- Susan Coolidge