Songs that Celebrate the Resurrection in View of the Cross

I’ll never make any apologies for encouraging Christians to live cross-centered lives, or leaders to lead in gospel-centered ways. Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross which reconciled us to God will always be central to our faith.

But while we are called to glory in the cross of Christ (Gal. 6:14), the death of Christ isn’t meant to stand alone in our thinking or preaching.

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Cor. 15:17-19)

Still, Thomas Schreiner makes this insightful comment:

The central event in the gospel is the death and resurrection of Jesus. These two actions belong closely together (Rom 4:25; 8:34; 1 Cor 15:3-5; 2 Cor. 5:15; Phil 3:10; 1Thess 4:14), but the weight lies on the former.”

So as we gather in a little over a month to observe Holy Week, culminating in the celebration of Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, let’s not forget to remind people why the death that preceded the resurrection was so significant — Jesus fully endured the wrath of God as our substitute, and we no longer need fear God’s wrath or punishment (Rom. 5:1-8).

Easter All Year Round
Having made that clarification, the triumphant victory of  the crucified Savior over the grave is something Christians should celebrate the whole year, not just at Easter. We worship a risen Savior!

Because we tend to sing a high percentage of songs about the resurrection on Easter Sunday, I thought I’d take the opportunity to suggest some songs I’ve become aware of that highlight the resurrection, especially in view of the cross. Before you read this list, you might want to check out the other songs I suggested in 2006 and 2007.

Happy Day – Tim Hughes
Uptempo celebration of Christ’s victory over the grave.
The greatest day in history
Death is beaten, you have rescued me
Sing it out, Jesus is alive

His Name is Jesus – Judah Groveman
All Hail the Power with a new chorus.
His name is Jesus, risen Lamb for sinners slain.

A Tomb So Cold – Joel Payne
Uptempo, two verses and bridge.
A tomb so cold, no fitting place
for one whom death could never hold.
You broke the chains, defeated sin,
and glorified you rose again, and you’re reigning

Resurrection Day – Matt Maher
Uptempo song of celebration.

It’s the power in your blood, breaks away sin’s embrace
And we celebrate our freedom dancing on our broken chains

Glorious – Paul Baloche
Mid-tempo song that celebrates the glory of the risen Christ.
Look inside the mystery see the empty cross
See the risen Savior victorious and strong

We Believe – Sam Hargreaves
Uptempo, three verses that explore the suffering Savior, living Savior, and coming Savior.
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman
Mid-tempo song that emphasizes our inability to save ourselves.
You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave

Saving One – Starfield
Eminently singable song that proclaims the effects of Christ’s resurrection in our lives.
His love has made a way, the grave is overcome
Jesus is the Christ, the saving One

Christ is Risen – Jeremy Riddle
Anthemic song that celebrates Christ’s victory over the grave. May be better as a special.
Quickly now go tell the world Christ, the Lord, He is risen
The power of death could never hold Him in the grave

Come, Christians Join to Sing – Alt. lyrics vs. 3 and 4 Kevin Hartnett
A great hymn made even better by the lyrical additions of my friend, Kevin Hartnett.

Come, praise the risen Lamb, Alleluia! Amen!
He died to ransom man, Alleluia! Amen!

See What a Morning – Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
12/8 triumphant hymn filled with passionate theology.
See God’s salvation plan wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man, for He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

The Power of the Cross – Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
Destined-to-be-a-classic modern hymn that focuses on the meaning of Christ’s sufferings.
Curtain torn in two, dead are raised to life
“Finished!” the victory cry

The Risen Christ – Keith Getty and Phil Madeira
Hymn-like prayer, asking the triune God to help us know the Risen Christ.
O breath of God, come fill this place
Revive our hearts to know your grace;
And from our slumber make us rise
That we may know the risen Christ.

My Redeemer Lives – Samuel Medley
Some additional lyrics to this hymn on the Cyberhymnal site.
He lives to silence all my fears, He lives to wipe away my tears
He lives to calm my troubled heart, He lives all blessings to impart.

I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin
Chris personalizes the impact of the resurrection and ties it to Christ’s return.
I will rise when he calls my name, no more sorrow, no more pain.

Redeemer – Nicole Mullen
A great special, especially if you have a soulful vocalist and choir who can “bring it.”
The same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken
They conquered death to bring me victory

Okay. That’s my list to get things started. What new (or old) songs have you found that focus on the meaning and significance of Christ’s death and resurrection? If you can give us links and a portion of the lyrics, that’s even better.

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47 Responses to Songs that Celebrate the Resurrection in View of the Cross

  1. Jason Graves February 26, 2010 at 6:32 PM #

    I Cling To The Cross – Paul Baloche & Matt Redman

    I cling to the cross and everything it means
    I know it’s the only hope there is for saving me
    For without Your great mercy
    I would be forever lost
    With a thankful heart I come
    And cling to the cross

    Standing at the empty tomb
    Promises I have in You arise
    I was made alive in You
    Everything You said was true
    You suffered, died, and rose to bring us life

    The world behind me, the cross before me
    The world behind me, the cross before me
    The world behind me, the cross before me
    No turning back, no turning back

  2. Joe Day February 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM #

    Hey Bob!

    Here’s another Christ is Risen song we use at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. The idea behind this song is the role the cross plays in connecting the first Adam with the second. Christus Victor!

    http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/the-northern-conspir

    It’s the 4th song down.

  3. Roger February 26, 2010 at 6:37 PM #

    Bob – thanks for this post as it will help us as we begin to prepare for celebrating. I’m a big fan of Maher’s Resurrection Day – a great song that’s fun to sing and easy for the congregation to sing and should joyfully.

    I’m also partial to a different version of My Redeemer Lives. Same scripture, lyrics are a bit different by Crystal Lewis.

    Also, any mention of Phil Madiera is great. I know that song and Phil is a great song writer.

    Looking forward to more discussion here as we plan to celebrate Easter together.

  4. Bethany February 26, 2010 at 6:42 PM #

    Great topic – every Sunday is a little Easter!

    A few other songs:

    “Mighty to Save” – Hillsong: “you rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave”

    “Marvelous Light” – Charlie Hall: “Death has lost its sting – from the grave You’ve risen victoriously”

    “Christ is Risen” – Matt Maher (have not used this congregationally yet – but it’s a great song)

    “Let God Arise” – Chris Tomlin: “He holds the keys of life our Lord, death has no sting, no final word”

    “My Savior Lives” – New Life Church: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and now I stand on what He did – my Savior lives”

  5. Mattie Fuller February 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM #

    Also by Matt Maher, I’d add the song “Christ is Risen”. I love the bridge near the end:

    Oh Death
    Where is your sting
    Oh Hell
    Where is your victory
    Oh Church
    Come stand in the light
    The glory of God
    Has defeated the night

    Singing Oh Death
    Where is your sting
    Oh Hell
    Where is your victory
    Oh Church
    Come stand in the light
    Our God is not dead
    He’s alive, He’s alive!

    Hopefully this link is ok:
    http://www.worshiptogether.com/freesong/index.aspx?iid=1794768

  6. Nick February 26, 2010 at 8:38 PM #

    Hi Bob,

    Would you mind sharing more of Schreiner’s reasoning for emphasizing Christ’s death more than the resurrection? This is something I’ve seen a lot in SGM churches, and it’s never been something I’ve been fully comfortable with. Personally, I’ve always thought they should hold equal weight, because, while everyone dies, Christ resurrection is what makes his death unique, and is what proved the efficacy of his atonement for our sins. That’s not to say Christ’s death wasn’t critically important as the sacrifice itself, but I’d appreciate hearing more of the thought you posted above. Even better, if you know of any teaching that’s been done on this particular point, please share–I’m aware of lots of messages on the atonement as well as messages on the resurrection, but I’ve never heard a message that contrasts the importance of both.

    Thanks,
    Nick

  7. Trevor Hodge February 26, 2010 at 9:46 PM #

    Thanks for the list Bob – this is really helpful!

    I wrote a song for Easter a couple of years ago to celebrate Christ’s resurrection – He has risen.

    “…death could not hold him down
    sin’s curse has now be bound
    He has risen…

    …and though we stood condemned
    His blood has made amends
    He has risen

    And every tongue will proclaim
    The name above every name
    He has risen..”

    Listen at – http://www.last.fm/music/Trevor+Hodge/_/He+Has+Risen

    or – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Trevor-Hodge/13571914373

    words and charts – http://www.trevorhodgemusic.com/Music_Content/Charts_%26_Tips.html

  8. John Green February 26, 2010 at 10:58 PM #

    Powerful song with both the cross and the resurrection in the chorus:

    At the Cross
    By Stephanie Lawrence © 2008

    (Vs 1)
    Rugged cross, piercing pain
    Gods own Son bore my shame
    The Father’s plan to cover sin
    Love poured out so I could live

    (Chorus)
    At the cross I lay my burdens down
    At the cross, mercy I have found
    Death could not hold Him, or claim Him,
    It’s through the cross I’m free
    At the cross on Calvary

    (Vs2)
    His sacrifice became the way
    The veil was torn, my debt was paid
    My chains released, I’m finally free
    I choose to walk in victory

    (Bridge)
    His body broken
    His blood was poured out
    My sins are forgiven
    God’s mercy rained down

    You can stream the song here:
    http://www.freeworshipmusic.com/songwriters/8/audio.php

    The mp3 and chord chart can be downloaded here:
    http://www.recentrainfall.com/page_songs.html#stephanielawrence

  9. John Green February 26, 2010 at 11:10 PM #

    Bob, this song of mine fits in the “Easter all year long” category, but actually focuses on the resurrection power of God in the life of the believer.

    You Rolled Away the Stone
    By John Green © 2009

    (verse 1)
    Dead in sin, when you found me
    Crushed beneath my guilt and shame
    I was lost within the darkness
    Until I heard you call my name

    (chorus)
    You rolled away the stone
    You rolled away the stone
    Lord you rolled away the stone from my heart
    Alive forevermore
    I’m alive forevermore
    Since you rolled away the stone
    Rolled away the stone from my heart

    (verse 2)
    Alive in Christ, since you raised me
    Sheltered safe within your hands
    I am walking in the light now
    On your grace Lord I will stand

    (chorus)

    (bridge)
    I’ll leave the past behind
    My heart has been made new
    Forever I’ve been changed by love
    All because of You
    All because

    (chorus)

    Listen streaming here:
    http://www.worshipsong.com/Video.asp?VideoID=3475

    Download the free mp3 and chord chart here:
    http://recentrainfall.com/page_songs.html#studio

  10. John Green February 27, 2010 at 12:25 AM #

    Lara Marriott and I wrote this one as a modern hymn.
    Her father, worship leader Laurey Berteig did a really cool arrangement the song with a choir. I’ve included a video link below. Unfortunately, when they transcribed the song, they got a few of the words wrong. The lyrics below are the correct ones.

    Giver Of Grace
    By John Green/Lara Marriot (c) 2009

    (Verse 1)
    O Great Giver of Grace
    Source of boundless love divine
    When sin was judged, You took our place
    Our salvation to provide

    (Verse 2)
    On the cross despised and scorned
    As the crowds mocked your name
    So cruelly crowned with piercing thorns
    King who bore our sin and shame
    Giver of grace

    (Refrain)
    Giver of grace, no one can fathom
    The depth of love that conquered our sin
    Christ alone our righteousness
    You are the great Giver of Grace

    (Verse 3)
    Lamb of God, and sinless Son
    The Father’s love to us revealed
    His mercy poured out from Your wounds
    By Your suff’ring we are healed

    (Verse 4)
    Now on Heaven’s throne You reign
    Risen by the Spirit’s might
    The Great High Priest of our faith
    Christ on You we fix our eyes
    Giver of grace

    (Refrain)

    Choir video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c76fR-L0bw

    Chord chart:
    http://recentra.startlogic.com/Chord%20Chart%20PDFs/Giver_Of_Grace__chord_chart.pdf

    Lead sheet:
    http://recentra.startlogic.com/Chord%20Chart%20PDFs/Giver_Of_Grace__lead_sheet.pdf

    Mp3:
    http://recentrainfall.com/page_songs.html

  11. John Green February 27, 2010 at 12:46 AM #

    Another modern hymn…

    JESUS’ BLOOD

    (Verse 1)
    MERCY CONQUERED DEATH IN DYING
    WHEN THE SON WAS CRUCIFIED
    STRENGTH OF SIN DESTROYED BY WEAKNESS
    WE STAND BEFORE HIM JUSTIFIED

    (Pre-chorus)
    BLOOD THAT SAVES, BLOOD THAT HEALS
    BLOOD THAT SPEAKS OF BETTER THINGS
    NAIL-PIERCED HANDS REACH FOR ME
    NOW CAUSES ME TO SING

    (Chorus)
    HE IS LORD, HE IS LORD
    CONQUERED SIN AND THE GRAVE
    NOW I SING SALVATION SONGS
    JESUS BLOOD TRULY SAVES (first chorus/ stop here)
    HE IS LORD, HE IS LORD
    CONQUERED SIN AND THE GRAVE
    NOW I SING SALVATION SONGS
    JESUS BLOOD TRULY SAVES

    (Verse 2)
    TO HIS THRONE WE NOW COME BOLDLY
    FINDING MERCY, PEACE AND GRACE
    CHRIST’S PROVISION IS SUFFICIENT
    AND WILL BE THROUGH ALL OUR DAYS

    © 2008 Elman Authement/John Green

    Listen:
    http://www.worshipsong.com/Video.asp?VideoID=2785

    Free chord chart and lead sheet here:
    http://www.wix.com/ElmanAuthement/Elman-Authement-Music

  12. Thomas Wright February 27, 2010 at 7:07 AM #

    My favorite Easter song is “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” by Charles Wesley set to the tune of “Easter Hymn.” Each phrase of the song ending with these great Alleluias.

    http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh302.sht

    Another good hymn for a processional is “The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done” great opportunity to find some brass players in your church to play the opening Alleluias. Not sure who wrote the text but the English translation by Francis Pott is good and the music originally by Giovanni da Palestrina.

    http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh306.sht

    Don’t think me too strange, but I also like Keith Green’s “Easter Song.” I even like Keith’s old version(a few times a year)

  13. Coty Pinckney February 27, 2010 at 7:26 AM #

    On resurrrection/cross: Dr Schreiner is right that in the epistles, relatively more emphasis is put on the cross than on the resurrection (note that all his references are from epistles). But in Acts, the opposite is clearly true; in Revelation, the balance is closer, but that book still leans toward the resurrection.

    Most of us, I imagine, follow the pattern of the epistles. So I think we would do well to incorporate the resurrection theme more highly in our services – particularly if we think of ourselves as living out the next chapter of Acts!

  14. Ken Boer February 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM #

    I was reading in Acts this morning where the Apostle Paul gives his defense before King Agrippa (Acts 26:22b-23):

    “I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

    John Stott comments (in The Message of Acts:

    And what did Moses and the prophets say would happen? They predicted three events: first that the Christ would suffer, secondly that he would be the first to rise from the dead, and as such, thirdly, that he would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles (23). More simply still, Jesus the Christ was Isaiah’s ‘suffering servant’ of the Lord, who would suffer and die for our sins, be raised and highly exalted, and become a light to the Gentiles. Further, as the gospel centres on Christ’s atonement, resurrection and proclamation (through his witnesses), the resurrection is seen to be indispensable. Paul kept on referring to it during his trials, not in order to provoke the Pharisees and Sadducees into argument, nor only to show that he was faithful to the Jewish tradition, but because the resurrection of Jesus was the beginning and pledge of the new creation, and so at the very heart of the gospel.

    • Bob Kauflin February 27, 2010 at 11:53 AM #

      A meaningful discussion about the relative importance of Christ’s death and resurrection is certainly beyond the scope of blog comments! But I’ll venture a few thoughts. Even after the resurrection, Paul refers to his message as “the word of the cross” (1 Cor. 1:17-18). When we share the Lord’s supper we “proclaim the Lord’s death” until he comes (1 Cor. 11:26). Even in heaven the focus is on the Lamb who was slain (Rev. 5:6-10). All that being said, both Christ’s death and resurrection are “of first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3-4) I think Coty has it right when he says that we would do well to be more mindful of Christ’s resurrection in our thinking and gatherings.

      Nick, I’m not sure what else Shreiner says as I just ran across the quote. I’d recommend CJ’s Living the Cross Centered Life, Stott’s The Cross of Christ (esp. Chap. 1), and Knox Chamblin’s Paul & the Self (esp. Chap. 3), all of which address the relative importance of the cross and resurrection. While the resurrection vindicates the efficacy of Christ’s death and is crucial to our salvation, it is Christ’s death as our substitute that paid our debt and reconciled us to God. All that to say, we worship a risen Savior!

  15. Matt Mitchell February 27, 2010 at 10:44 AM #

    Thanks, Bob, this is exactly what we need!

  16. Jake Belder February 27, 2010 at 12:22 PM #

    This verse of the hymn, ‘Crown Him With Many Crowns,’ is very resurrection-centered:

    Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave,
    And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save.
    His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,
    Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

  17. John Green February 27, 2010 at 12:41 PM #

    Thanks for the reminder of that hymn verse Jake – it’s awesome!

  18. Josh REED February 27, 2010 at 10:02 PM #

    High Noon

    High Noon In The Valley Of The Shadow
    When The Deep Of The Valley Was Bright
    When The Mouth Of The Tomb
    Shouted, “Glory, The Groom Is Alive”
    So Long, You Wages Of Sin
    Go On, Don’t You Come Back Again
    I’ve Been Raised And Redeemed
    You’ve Lost All Your Sting
    To The Victor Of The Battle
    At High Noon In The Valley
    In The Valley Of The Shadow

    Now The Demons, They Danced In The Darkness
    When That Last Ragged Breath Left His Lungs
    And They Reveled And Howled
    At The War That They Thought They Had Won
    But Then, In The Dark Of The Grave
    The Stone Rolled Away
    In The Still Of The Dawn On The Greatest Of Days

    High Noon In The Valley Of The Shadow
    When The Shadows Were Shot Through With Light
    When Jesus Took In That Breath
    And Shattered All Death With His Life
    So Long, You Wages Of Sin
    Go On, Don’t You Come Back Again
    I’ve Been Raised And Redeemed
    You’ve Lost All Your Sting
    To The Victor Of The Battle
    High Noon In The Valley Of The Shadow

    Let The People Rejoice
    Let The Heavens Resound
    Let The Name Of Jesus, Who Sought Us
    And Freed Us Forever Ring Out
    All Praise To The Fighter Of The Night
    Who Rides On The Light
    Whose Gun Is The Grace Of The God Of The Sky

    High Noon In The Valley Of The Shadow
    When The Shadows Were Shot Through With Light
    When The Mouth Of The Tomb
    Shouted, “Glory, The Groom Is Alive”
    So Long, You Wages Of Sin
    I Said Go On, Don’t You Come Back Again
    I’ve Been Raised And Redeemed
    All Praise To The King
    The Victor Of The Battle
    High Noon In The Valley
    In The Valley Of The Shadow

    Copyright 2003 New Spring Publishing, Inc.

  19. Matt Osgood February 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM #

    Hi Bob, thanks for mentioning Sam and Joel’s songs from RESOUNDworship, I must recommend another, more recent, one of Joel’s though that we used as an incredibly powerful opener to our Easter service last year – “Come see the Son”

    http://www.resoundworship.org/song/come_see_the_son

    The video we created to go with the song is on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp6dniY1atQ

    Come, see the Son of the living God
    hanging on a tree,
    dying there for you and me.
    Come, see the bringer of truth and grace
    nailed there for us,
    agony across his face.

    This is love displayed,
    this is mercy perfectly portrayed in Christ,
    the cross of Christ.

    Come, see the innocent Son of God
    punished there for us,
    rescuing us with his blood.
    Come, see the healer of wounded souls
    crucified for us,
    broken there to make us whole.

    Come, see the tomb where they laid him down;
    the stone is rolled away,
    nothing but the grave clothes now.
    Come, see the King is alive again,
    risen from the dead,
    ushering a new age in.

    This is victory,
    this is life for everyone who will believe
    in Jesus Christ.

    Come and worship him,
    come and sing to him,
    come and live for him,
    Jesus Christ.

    CCL# 5453922 © Joel Payne / RESOUNDworship.org

    Grace and peace,

    Matt

  20. gabriel March 2, 2010 at 8:47 AM #

    great list, but i would really love to see some Keith Green in the mix! The “Easter song” for one. “There is a Redeemer,” so many great songs, what an example he was!

  21. Will March 2, 2010 at 9:26 AM #

    Coty, I think you may need to double-check your stats there. In the epistles the death of Christ is used as a metonymy for the whole event which includes the resurrection, of course. But the resurrection is referenced more frequently (by far) than the death of Christ.

    I’ve just done a bit of study on this for an article I’m writing. If I’ve missed something in my study, please let me know. But from the best I can tell, resurrection language is much more prevalent in the epistles than death language.

    • Bob Kauflin March 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM #

      Will, of course I’m always uncomfortable whenever conversations pit the death of Christ against the resurrection, but they do have differing purposes. I’d check out Stott’s first chapter in The Cross of Christ if you haven’t already read it. He addresses that topic. Thanks for joining in on the conversation.

  22. John Green March 2, 2010 at 10:27 AM #

    This song looks at the effects of the cross and resurrection in the life of the believer.

    Listen streaming & download free mp3 and chord chart:
    http://www.freeworshipmusic.com/songwriters/7/audio.php

    No Condemnation
    by John Green
    CCLI #4306142

    (verse 1)
    There is now no condemnation
    For all those who are in Christ
    We have left behind the old ways
    We have passed from death to life

    (pre-chorus)
    We are people of the Kingdom
    We are children of the light
    Being changed into the likeness
    Of our Savior Jesus Christ

    (chorus)
    Singing hallelu hallelujah
    Singing hallelu, hallelujah

    (verse 2)
    There is now no condemnation
    For the debt has all been paid
    We share His death and resurrection
    And the stone’s been rolled away

    (pre-chorus)
    We are people of the Kingdom
    We are children of the light
    Being changed into the likeness
    Of our Savior Jesus Christ

    (chorus)
    Singing hallelu hallelujah
    Singing hallelu, hallelujah

    (bridge)
    If the Son has set you free
    Then you are truly free
    If the Son has set you free
    Then walk in victory

    (chorus)

  23. Chris Lutyk March 2, 2010 at 11:27 AM #

    This song\modern hymn covers it all birth, life, death, resurrection, glory. I’ve used it in worship at Christmas alot but it works wonderfully anytime!

    From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable (Immanuel) by Stuart Townend

    From the squalor of a borrowed stable,
    By the Spirit and a virgin’s faith;
    To the anguish and the shame of scandal
    Came the Saviour of the human race!
    But the skies were filled with the praise of heaven,
    Shepherds listen as the angels tell
    Of the Gift of God come down to man
    At the dawning of Immanuel.

    King of heaven now the Friend of sinners,
    Humble servant in the Father’s hands,
    Filled with power and the Holy Spirit,
    Filled with mercy for the broken man.
    Yes, He walked my road and He felt my pain,
    Joys and sorrows that I know so well;
    Yet His righteous steps give me hope again –
    I will follow my Immanuel!

    Through the kisses of a friend’s betrayal,
    He was lifted on a cruel cross;
    He was punished for a world’s transgressions,
    He was suffering to save the lost.
    He fights for breath, He fights for me,
    Loosing sinners from the claims of hell;
    And with a shout our souls are free –
    Death defeated by Immanuel!

    Now He’s standing in the place of honour,
    Crowned with glory on the highest throne,
    Interceding for His own belovèd
    Till His Father calls to bring them home!
    Then the skies will part as the trumpet sounds
    Hope of heaven or the fear of hell;
    But the Bride will run to her Lover’s arms,
    Giving glory to Immanuel!

  24. Jeff Moore March 8, 2010 at 11:28 PM #

    James Ward’s “Morning Sun.” …”Rising like the morning sun,
    Bringing hope to everyone who sees him, Praise the Lord, his work was done, Jesus is my morning sun.”

  25. Sermons4Easter March 9, 2010 at 2:37 PM #

    You guys have put together some great material.

  26. Ken Boer March 17, 2010 at 2:38 PM #

    God is Alive by Steve Fee.

  27. Brian P March 20, 2010 at 10:03 AM #

    Death in His Grave
    John Mark McMillan (writer of “How He Loves”)
    This guy is a hidden gem in regards to his music and lyrics.

    Though the earth cried out for blood
    satisfied her hunger was
    Her billows calmed the raging seas
    for the souls of men she craved

    Sun and moon from balcony
    Turned their head in disbelief
    Their precious love would taste the sting
    disfigured and disdained

    Chorus
    On Friday a thief
    On Sunday a King
    Laid down in grief
    But awoke with the keys
    Of Hell on that day
    The first born of the slain
    The Man Jesus Christ laid death in his grave

    So three days in darkness slept
    The Morning Sun of righteousness
    But rose to shame the throes of death
    And over turn his rule
    Now daughters and the sons of men
    Would pay not their dues again
    The debt of blood they owed was rent
    When the day rolled a new

    (to chorus)

    Bridge
    He has cheated
    Hell and seated
    Us above the fall
    In desperate places
    He paid our wages
    One time once and for all

    http://johnmarkmcmillan.com

  28. iancarloapo March 23, 2010 at 12:08 PM #

    my savior lives by desperation band of new life worship

    I know that my redeemer lives
    And now I stand on what He did
    My Saviour, my Saviour lives
    Every day a brand new chance to say
    “Jesus, You are the only way”
    My Saviour, my Saviour lives

  29. Ryan March 23, 2010 at 12:08 PM #

    Newsboys – Amazing Love (You are My King).

    Amazing love, how can it be
    That You, my King, should die for me?

  30. John March 25, 2010 at 1:33 PM #

    Planning to sing this on Good Friday….

    To The Cross – Paul Baloche, Jason Ingram

    Verse 1
    Where can I go but to the cross
    To the cross
    For there my shame You have washed away
    Where can I go but to the cross
    To the cross
    For there You gave up Your life for me
    You gave Your life for me

    Chorus 1
    You stretched Your arms out wide
    I lift my hands up high to my Savior
    You stretched Your arms out wide
    I lift my hands up high to my Savior

    Verse 2
    So Lord I run to the cross
    To the cross
    Surrender all to my Savior King
    Be my ev’rything

    Bridge
    Chains are broken
    Shame has fallen
    All my sins are gone
    Chains are broken
    Shame has fallen
    All my sins are gone

  31. Ken Boer July 1, 2010 at 7:53 AM #

    He’s Alive by Evan Wickham is the hymn “I Know My Redeemer Lives” with a new chorus. The recording has some lush strings.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hes-alive/id344801946?i=344802014

  32. Mike Stankovic April 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM #

    “Arise My Love” by Newsong

  33. J. Russell November 22, 2011 at 3:41 AM #

    Best Easter carol was “Now the Green Blade Riseth” — we used to sing it at school. I never forgot the haunting tune. See link: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/n/g/ngbrises.htm

  34. Shelene March 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM #

    The BEST EASTER SONG EVER!!!!
    Please post this song. I played it last Easter at our church and it was exceptional. So inspiring. It is the BEST Easter song I have ever heard. Everyone was so touched…it moves people to see the meaning of Easter taking each and everyone of us names to the cross.
    I now play it everyday for me and my family.

  35. Shelene March 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM #

    Oh I forgot it is He Took My Name To The Cross by Chris Keith.
    http://www.hetookmynametothecross.com itunes link

  36. John Nuttall April 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM #

    Thanks for all this folks
    Great for my prep for tomorrow
    I also will do
    ‘in Christ alone ‘ Townend and Getty of which verse three
    There in the ground His body lay
    Light of the world by darkness slain:
    Then bursting forth in glorious Day
    Up from the grave he rose again!
    And as He stands in victory
    Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
    For I am His and He is mine -
    Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

  37. Matt Tomososki April 13, 2014 at 2:01 AM #

    One of our church’s favorites is a new Resurrection hymn called “In Him We Stand” by Trenton Thomas. Very powerful song with deep lyrics.

  38. Tyler English April 17, 2014 at 1:25 AM #

    Mercy Tree by Lacey Sturm

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