Easter Sunday was always my favorite day to attend church. It was a tradition for me which started at an early age. When I was a child it was about wearing new clothes to church and the Easter Egg Hunt after church. As I grew older, I learned to appreciate the positive message of the resurrection. It has always been exciting to hear about that morning when Jesus walked out of His tomb. Good Friday became an even better Sunday.
During a period of my life, I was a church youth leader and my favorite activity was to direct the Easter program at church. I was always one who was a bit eccentric and liked to do things different. Each year when I planned the Easter program, I would pick a powerful Easter song and have our young people to play roles in acting out the song. These programs were a lot of work but they were always very fulfilling when they were performed. I always had a wonderful group to help me. We had fun but they were all also very committed to what we were doing.
My early productions were rather basic but I found ways to improve each year. The year I discovered the effects of dry ice was an awesome discovery as I learned how to create fog or smoke effects, especially when the stone was rolled away from the tomb. Another year I managed to save tubes of fake blood from Halloween to use them for the productions. The blood was so lifelike that one elderly lady didn’t like it and left. I’m not sure what she was expecting from us acting out a song called “This Blood Is For You”.
Since I would always use modern contemporary Christian songs, there were always the traditional people who would express their dislike for our “worldly” music. In other words, we weren’t acting out songs from the church hymnal. That’s okay because everyone’s tastes are different, I just liked using songs that were effective to stir the emotions of people and understand the importance of this day.
It was exciting to bring life to some awesome Easter songs. When I refer to Easter songs I am referring to songs about the resurrection.
Here is a list of some of my favorites along with a link to a performance of that song:
- “He’s Alive” by Don Francisco (Listen)
- “Arise my Love” by Newsong (Listen)
- “The Champion” by Carman (Listen)
- “He Lives” by Lakewood Church by Cindy Cruse Ratcliff (Listen)
- “Rise Again” by Dallas Holm (Listen)
- “Was It A Morning Like This” by Sandi Patty (Listen)
- “Jesus Is Alive” by Ron Kenoly (Listen)
- “Celebrate Jesus” by Don Moen (Listen)
- “Because He Lives” by Bill and Gloria Gaither (Listen)
- “I’ve Just Seen Jesus” by Sandy Patti and Larnelle Harris (Listen)
It’s very difficult for me to pick a favorite from the list above. I can only say that they all have their own ways of bringing out hope and maybe cause a few goose bumps to appear when you listen to them. I think the first one that I remember which really stuck with me was the first time I heard the song “He’s Alive”. My first time hearing this song was not the Don Francisco version but one sung by a man that has meant a lot to me. He was my first counselor in Youth Camp many, many years ago. He is an awesome banjo player and he performed a memorable version of this song. I have never forgotten it.
So if you are looking for an awesome Easter song today, I highly recommend any of those on the list above.
Although not an Easter song, the final scene from the movie “Passion of the Christ” is perhaps the best movie scene which depicts the resurrection. I think it’s pretty powerful. You can view the scene below: