It’s always hard to narrow down the choices on Easter Sunday. There’s so many great songs that declare “Jesus lives.” We also can’t acknowledge that He was resurrected without acknowledging what He went through. I hope these songs tell a wonderful story about a wonderful Savior.
1. Jesus is Well and Alive Today (Blue Skies and Rainbows)
One of the first songs I can remember singing in chapel during elementary school. This may get categorized as a children’s song, but I think the message is just as important a reminder for us adults: “Nevermore will I be all alone since He promised me that we never would part.”
2. Shout Hallelujah
While this song doesn’t reference the resurrection, this certainly should be our response to it!
3. Before the Throne of God Above
This will be my first time leading this song. Verse 2 reminds us that Satan will tempt us to despair, which is very easy to do if we only focus on Jesus’ death. That’s not where the story ends, though. I love the image in verse 3 of “the Risen Lamb,” and the reminder that “my life is hid with Christ on high.”
4. Precious Memories (Easter edition)
No, we’re not singing about “Precious father, loving mother” and “old home scenes of my childhood.” This is the same hymn but with verses re-written to tell the story leading up to Jesus on the cross. Verse 1 begins with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. Verse 2 tells about Peter’s denial. Verse 3 depicts the scene at the cross. Verse 4 end with the stone being rolled away! We’ll precede each verse with a scripture reading corresponding with the story being told in the verse.
5. Low in the Grave He Lay
I dare say that no song better represents the transition from the grave to the resurrection better than this one. The verse is sung very low and solemn, but that all changes when we sing “up from the grave He arose!” We’ll sing all three verses together, then the chorus.
6. Highly Exalted
This is one our church learned last year. This is another song that provides such a beautiful contrast. The verses speak words such as “despised” and “rejected,” but then the chorus declares that God has enthroned Jesus “on high.” (The ending of this song has proven to be a little tricky, so we’ll go straight from the last chorus into the next song.)
7. Jesus, Name Above All Names
The idea to go straight into this song came to me last Sunday. I was singing “Highly Exalted,” trying to think of another way to end that song since the ending to that song doesn’t seem to go well. After singing the line “Jesus, the name above all names” in Highly Exalted,” my mind came to this song which begins with the nearly identical line “Jesus, name above all names.”
8. Because He Lives
The Gaither’s have left an undeniable mark on gospel music. This one is arguably their most popular one. Rather than contrasting the grave and the resurrection, this song provides a different type of contrast. The chorus tells us that while there may be fear and uncertainty of our future, “life is worth the living just because He lives!”
9. I Believe in Jesus
“I believe that the tomb was found empty!” What more needs to be said?
10. Our God, He is Alive
As we finish our worship with this song, I hope you leave with joy in your heart from the story that all these songs have told of a risen Savior!
Jesus is Well and Alive Today (Blue Skies and Rainbows)
Before the Throne of God Above
Precious Memories (Easter Edition)
Low in the Grave He Lay (All verses, then chorus)
Jesus, Name Above All Names
Because He Lives (1,3)
SCRIPTURE READING – John 11:17-25
I Believe in Jesus
Our God, He is Alive (1,4)