10 Christian Easter Songs

by Pamela Rose Williams on February 3, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Easter is quickly approaching, so it might be time for you to start planning your Easter celebration. Here are 10 Christian Easter songs that you might want to listen to and consider. Be sure to visit my YouTube channel where you can view and listen to every Easter song that I list here. Here is a link: Pam’s Christian Easter Song Playlist

Featured Easter Song: I’ve Just Seen Jesus
This is a song that was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither specifically for Larnelle Harris and Sandi Patty. The first time you hear it you will get chills. The next time you hear it you will get chills and it will continue that way each time you hear these two sing this song. It is as if Larnelle and Sandi are some of the disciples that were with Jesus when He walked the earth. They tell the story of how they knew He was dead. Yet as we read in the Bible, Mary Magdalene saw the risen Saviour and when she went to tell the others, they did not believe (Mark 16:9-11 ). Mary was so excited to see the Master that she ran to tell the others. It was not until Jesus appeared to the others that they believed He had risen from the dead. I know when I see Jesus in Heaven; I too will be so excited that I will probably not be able to speak. I will be overjoyed to see my Risen Saviour! My favorite lyric in this song is at the very end: “All that I’d done before won’t matter anymore, I’ve just seen Jesus and I’ll never be the same again; I’ve just seen Jesus! “ Listen to Larnelle and Sandi sing it in the video in the upper right of this page.

Because He Lives (Bill & Gloria Gaither)

This is very popular song written by Bill and Gloria Gaither has been an Easter favorite for many years. This is just one of the over 600 songs that the Gaithers have written. I love how the gospel is presented in the very first verse and them how they compare it to the joy of holding a new born baby and the delight to know we are assured that this “child can face uncertain days because He lives”. This is a great song to sing as a final song in a church service or to add to your worship set. I found a little history on CBN.com over here: Because He Lives

Lyrics:

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

And then one day I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone!
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives!

Listen to the Gaither Vocal Band sing it here: Because He Lives

Christ Arose (Robert Lowry)

Christ Arose has been a great hymn of faith for more than 100 years. When sung as intended the verses are sung very somberly and the refrain comes alive as the declaration of the resurrection is made with a heavy staccato and music that has built to a crescendo. Take a look at the video with a couple verses in it below:

Christ the Lord is Risen Today (Written by Charles Wesley & Lyra Davidica)

This wonderful Easter hymn was written in 1739 by Charles Wesley. I can say with great conviction that I cannot recall an Easter service in which this song was not sung or played as an instrumental. It is a joyous tribute to Jesus the Victor! Listen to Steve Green sing: Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Lyrics:

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

Easter Song (Annie Herring)

This is a contemporary Easter song that I heard and performed many times as an instrumental before I even knew there were words to it. It is most lovely played on hand bells; but I also love to listen to it performed a cappella with words by the group GLAD. Here is a video: Easter Song

Happy Day (Tim Hughes)

You must learn this song and add it to your worship set for Easter! It is a lovely, easy tune with great lyrics to follow.  Take a look:

Lyrics:

The greatest day in history, Death is beaten
You have rescued me
Sing it out Jesus is alive
The empty cross, The empty grave
Life eternal You have won the day
Shout it out Jesus is alive
He’s alive

Chorus:
Oh happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same
Forever I am changed

When I stand, in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am Yours Jesus You are mine
Endless joy, perfect peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate Jesus is alive
He’s alive

Bridge:
Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You have saved me
Oh what a glorious day
What a glorious name

I Know My Redeemer Lives (Nicole C. Mullen)

This is absolutely one of my favorite songs of all time. It is a moving testimony of how creation proclaims the glory of the risen Lord. This would be a good song to sing as a special music piece for an Easter service, or you might want to put together a video of nature scenes to display in church. This has not been a traditional Easter song, however the lyrics and music just illuminate the glory of the resurrection. I call it a great Christian Easter song. Take a look at the video below:

I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin)

This song reminds me of our home church in Ohio because a young man there with a wonderful tenor voice sang it for Easter one year. I was so touched at the emotion of the song. It is a moving reminder of how, because of Jesus, we will also rise to new life one day. We will worship God and Jesus in the beauty of their holiness. Take a look at the lyrics, straight from the Scriptures:

Lyrics:

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
[x2]

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

My Redeemer Lives (Reuben Morgan)

Here’s a popular worship song that is sung throughout the year.  There’s just something about singing it on Easter – it comes alive! Listen and sing along on my YouTube page. Here are the lyrics:

Lyrics:

I know he rescued my soul
His blood has covered my sin
I believe
I believe

My shame He’s taken away
My pain is healed in his name
I believe
I believe

I’ll raise a banner
‘Cause my Lord has conquered the grave

My Redeemer Lives
My Redeemer Lives
My Redeemer Lives
My Redeemer Lives

I know He’s rescued my soul
His blood has covered my sin
I believe
I believe

My shame He’s taken away
My pain is healed in His Name
I believe
I believe

I’ll raisen a banner
‘Cause My Lord has conquered the grave

You Lift my burdens
I’ll rise with You
I’m dancing on this mountain top to see your kingdom come

My Redeemer Lives
My Redeemer Lives
My Redeemer Lives
My Redeemer Lives

You Are My King [Amazing Love] (written by Billy James Foote, sung by Newsboys)

This contemporary favorite is a lovely story about the amazing love of our Saviour and King. The lyrics compare and contrast the reality that the Perfect Lamb was forsaken and we sinners were forgiven and He was condemned while we are accepted. All because He died and rose again! It has been recorded by many, many artists but I sort of like how the Newsboys do it.  Enjoy the video below:

What’s Your Favorite Song?

I know there are many other Christian Easter songs that I have not included here. Share your favorite in the comments below, we love to hear from our readers!

Sources:

Various YouTube videos



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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

susan April 5, 2012 at 7:45 am

I am very grateful for that lyrics: on a hill ear away.
the lord bless you

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Karen Thompson April 6, 2012 at 12:02 am

It is difficult to choose one favorite “Easter song”, because they are all so wonderful and carry the most wonderful message, but I love, love, love to hear, Arise My Love by Newsong.

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Pamela Rose Williams April 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

Lovely song Karen, Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter

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Sheila April 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

Great list! Thank you for compiling it.

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Jewell Drake January 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Looking for a Easter Song with the words, “Gone the tomb is empty, the stone is rolled away. Help!

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Michelle February 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Are you referring to the song “The Day He Wore My Crown”?

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roberta tripletg February 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

The songs name is simply gone do not know who its by

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Susan March 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

The song title is “Gone” and was originally done by Teddy Huffam and The Gems. Here is a YouTube video of it, the sound is not great but it is Teddy and the group singing it. Great song, by the way! The group that I’ve sung with for years has done it for a long, long, time! God bless!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4df4j0AXlXA

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Susan March 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

And you can probably find it on ITunes or even on Amazon in MP3 format!

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Donna Morrow April 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cFPEpH58WE

On Youtube, sung by Jessee Dixon, entitled “Gone”

I Love that song!

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Michelle February 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Oh, wait… I think the name of the song is “Gone”… try lyricstime.com

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Leilani March 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Hello,
I’m trying to remember a song we use to sing when I was a child. Can you please help me?
It’s something like:
And they will raise him, they will raise him up and they will raise him up on the last day.
Probably an easy one for you, but I can’t remember the title.

Thank you!

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Susan March 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

I think this is the song you are looking for, Leilani. I think this You Tube video also has the words. If not, the song is I Am The Bread of Life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHGEzq4qz-8

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Brinda March 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

i want to know the words to a childhood song he rose he rose he rose up from the dead

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Karen March 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

He’s Alive – Dolly Parton does an awesome job with this song. You can find it on you-tube

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Karen March 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Take the time to listen to this performance -

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Vic March 23, 2013 at 6:53 am

Thomas, I think by Jeff & Sherry Easter, and He’s Alive. by Don Francisco are to of my favorites to do at Easter… or anytime for that matter. Love all the songs you postgreat job!ed,

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Kevin Walker March 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

“He’s Alive” by Don Francisco

“Was it a Morning Like This?” by Sandi Patty

“Easter Song” by Keith Green (h/t 2nd Chapter of Acts)

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Kevin Walker March 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

“Still Rolls the Stone” by Bob Bennett

“I’ve Just Seen Jesus” by Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris

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Angie March 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

It’s not a well known song, but I love “The Sacrifice” by Greg Long

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Kevin Walker March 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm

“The Victor” by Keith Green

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Sabrina March 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Very Nice list , love then all…..

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joanna April 25, 2013 at 6:24 am

Please can someone help me to frind ther lyrics to THE BAKER WOMAN?

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Susan April 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

Joanna, I did a quick lyrics search online and I think this is what you want:

The Bakerwoman

The Bakerwoman in her humble lodge
received a grain of wheat from God.
For nine whole months the grain she stored Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Make us the bread Mary Mary
we need to be fed.

The Bakerwoman took the road which led
to Bethlehem the house of bread.
To knead the bread she laboured through the night, and brought it forth about midnight.
Bake us the bread Mary, Mary
we need to be fed.

She baked the bread for thirty years
by the fire of her love and the salt of her tears, by the warmth of her heart so tender and bright, and the bread was golden brown and white.
Bring us the bread Mary, Mary we need to be fed.

After thirty years the bread was done.
It was taken to the town by her only son; the soft white bread to be given free to the hungry people of Galilee.
Give us the bread Mary, Mary we need to be fed.

For thirty coins the bread was sold,
and a thousand teeth so cold, so cold
tore it to pieces on a Friday at noon
when the sun turned black and red the moon.
Break us the bread Mary, Mary we need to be fed.

And when she saw the bread so white,
the living bread she had made at night,
devoured as wolves might devour a sheep, the bakerwoman began to weep.
Weep for the bread, Mary Mary,
Weep for the bread we need to be fed.

But the bakerwoman’s only son
appeared to his friends when three days had run on the road which to Emmaus led, and there she knew him in the breaking of bread.
Lift up your head, Mary Mary.
Lift up your head for now we’ve been fed.

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Marie Smith July 15, 2013 at 11:33 am

Looking for the words to the song:
First line is
Bethlehem, Calvary, Olivet tell,
————————————
———————————–
Dying for me, for me.

Refrain:
Dying for me, for me,
Dying for me, for me,
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Dying for me, for me.

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CindiB December 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

One I have always loved is “I’ll Rise Again”. This song gives me chills and makes me cry every time!

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Angela March 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

Does anyone know where I could purchase sound tracks to the Heavenly Highways Hymns, I am the music leader to a small church (no pianist) and they love the hyms out of this hymnal but I don’t know most of them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Matt Tomososki April 13, 2014 at 12:54 am

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

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Dawn April 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

He Is Risen by John Michael Talbot and Terry Talbot

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D April 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, old version, and Victory in Jesus are my two Easter faves. I wish our church sang more hymns.

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Pamela Rose Williams April 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Love all the suggestions … we can go on and on.

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