Easter is inarguably the most significant holiday on the Christian calendar. It`s the time we remember the sacrifice our Lord and savior Jesus Christ made for you and I to have life, and to have it eternally. So what anthems do we like to sing during Easter?
For the purposes of this list, an Easter Song, is a song which talks about Jesus Christ dying on the cross, and what that meant for mankind. I don’t think any of the 3 were produced for the specific purpose of being a song for Easter, but they fit the card. So without further ado:
Here are 3 of my Favorite Easter Songs (in no particular order).
This is a song which features one of my closest friends and a couple of guys he sings with. I love how it talks about the sinner, and the state of life before finding Jesus. “Like a sheep I was lost, full of sins and shame. I never knew there was a Savior, who could save my soul. Was lost and astray, never knew which way to go. I was on a path of destruction, death was waiting for me.”
It then shows how Jesus suffered in our place. “He was wounded for our sin, bruised for our guilt, because of the stripes that wounded Him, we are healed and made whole.” The main theme of the song is how great Jesus` love for us is, to die in our place and reconcile us to Himself. “…He took my life and gave me His, brought me closer to God; He made me His….”
The song is a beautiful and powerful rendition of the full extent of God`s love for us. Towards it`s end, it praises God as it continues to remind the Christian that His Love will never change, and His power will never run dry. No matter who you are and what your past is, Jesus died in your place, and there is forgiveness in Him, through faith and confessing that He is Lord. Indeed how great is His love.
The album on which this song is found, Until the Whole World Hears, is one of my personal favorites. With songs like Jesus Hold Me Now, At Your Feet, and Blessed Redeemer, Casting Crowns absolutely captured my heart. Their lyrics are relatable and reflect real life situations, but they also lead you to Jesus and encourage you to depend on Him more. Amazingly, they almost all can be referenced back to the Bible, which makes it not just poetry and manipulation of sounds to make music, but the divine word of God being used to speak to your life through soothing melody.
This song in particular, is the pick of the bunch. Glorious Day narrates the entire story of Jesus in 4 minutes and 41 seconds. It doesn’t just tell the story in sequence, it allows you to appreciate and comprehend its power. I counted, and in the digital booklet with full lyrics for the album, the writers listed no less than 29 different scriptures which are reflected in different parts of their song, including Old Testament prophecies, New Testament narrations, and post gospel revelations about the power and impact of Jesus`s time on earth.
The chorus says it all: Living, He loved me. Dying, He saved me. Buried, He carried my sins far away. Rising, He justified, freely forever. One day He`s coming. Oh Glorious Day. I could talk about (or listen to) this song all day.
Here`s a song aptly named because of the irony in its words. Heaven`s Irony as it puts it. The setting starts on “A hill outside Jerusalem” where “Soldiers led him to die for them.” The irony starts at this point, “…as they nailed the hands that created man, He prayed that they would be forgiven”
It (the irony) comes into full swing at “Through His stripes, I am healed. Through my hate, His love revealed. Through my sins, shined His light. Through His death, He gave me life.” The song moves on to the chorus where it talks about how the Father`s love is full and free. The irony feeding into this theme.
But then it continues at this remarkable description, “…In a borrowed tomb, they buried Him. With a pauper`s shroud, they covered him. In a grave of hardly any worth, lay the MAKER OF THE UNIVERSE!”
As the song gently plays on, with beautiful humming backing the lead singer and joining her at the chorus, it forces you to think about how Christ, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:6)
All that, just for your and my redemption. Indeed, heaven is often ironic.
What was on your playlist this Easter? What brings you back to the sacrifice that Jesus made for mankind and keeps you thinking about His love? Leave us your favorite in the comments section below, and consider adding these beautiful songs to your list.
Hope you had a Happy Easter!🙏