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Singing At Easter

April 15, 2022

I am not saying anything earth-shattering when I say that Easter is the celebration of our faith. While Christmas may celebrate an important part of our faith, Easter celebrates the whole of our faith. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he stated that of first importance was the gospel; that Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and that he rose from the dead. Easter celebrates this glorious truth. If there is no Easter, there is no Christian faith.

But I have been contemplating the songs we sing at Easter. Christians are a singing people. Over and over again, we are commanded to sing. Psalm 9:11 commands: “Sing praises to the Lord”. Psalms 18:49; 21:13; 57:9 and 95:1 say the same things. But the New Testament affirms this. Ephesians 5:19 speaks of “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart…”

And so I have been thinking about Easter and about singing. As I have, I have thought about my 7 favourite songs to sing at Easter. I list all 7 here, along with some of my favourite lines in the song. They are in no particular order.

1. “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed”, by Isaac Watts
Verse 2:

“Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon that tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree.”

2. “And Can It Be”, by Charles Wesley
Verse 5:

“No condemnation now I dread,
Jesus, and all in Him is mine
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown through Christ my own.”

3. “Oh Sacred Head Now Wounded”, attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux
Verse 3:

“What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend
For this they dying sorrow, thy pity without end?
Oh, make me thine forever and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never, outlive my love for thee.”

4. “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, by Isaac Watts
Verse 1:

“When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.”

5. “Behold the Lamb who Bears our Sins Away”, by Stuart Townend
Verse 3:

“The blood that cleanses every stain of sin,
Shed for you: drink and remember
He drained death’s cup that all may enter in
To receive the life of God
So we share in this Bread of Life,
And we drink of His sacrifice
As a sign of our bonds of grace
Around the table of the Lord.”

6. “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”, by Stuart Townend
Verse 1

“How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turns His face away
As wounds that mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory.”

7. “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death”, by Keith & Kristyn Getty, Matt Boswell and Matt Papa
Verse 3

“Unto the grave, what will we sing?
Christ he lives, Christ he lives!
And what reward will heaven bring?
Everlasting life in him!
And we shall rise to meet the Lord
And sin and death will be destroyed
And we will feast in endless joy
When Christ is ours forever more.”

I realize that I have only scratched the surface of the rich heritage the church of Jesus has. So, this Easter, sing with all your heart! Don’t hold back! We have a Saviour who died for us, and was raised for us!

Dr. John Neufeld

Dr. John Neufeld

Dr. John Neufeld is the national Bible teacher at Back to the Bible Canada. He has served as Senior Pastor, church planter, conference speaker and educator, and is known both nationally and internationally for his passion and excellence in expositional preaching and teaching.


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