So, there are a million and one great Easter songs out there…but I think my favorite this year is Matt Maher’s “Christ is Risen” Partly because it’s a great song, and a lot because he has done a fantastic Easter series this year, the music is on the beginning and end of each video, so it’s been what I’ve heard the most! The lyrics and some links to the Easter series and other goodies are below. Enjoy and share.
LyricsLet no one caught in sin remain Inside the lie of inward shame But fix our eyes upon the cross And run to Him who showed great love And bled for us, Freely You bled for us Christ is risen from the dead Trampling over death by death Come awake, come awake Come and rise up from the grave Christ is risen from the dead We are one with Him again Come awake, come awake Come and rise up from the grave Beneath the weight of all our sin You bowed to none but Heaven’s will No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown No burden great can hold You down In strength You reign Forever let Your church proclaim Christ is risen from the dead Trampling over death by death Come awake, come awake Come and rise up from the grave Christ is risen from the dead We are one with Him again Come awake, come awake Come and rise up from the grave 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!
Story behind the lyricstaken from http://mattmahermusic.com/music.php God really is a genius (duh!). He used death to destroy death. He did not even have to lift a finger. He literally tricked death into destroying itself. Jesus used the process of death to completely eradicate it. So now it just becomes a process of transformation, now it is a window or a doorway. Every Easter in the Ukraine, congregations chant the phrase, “Christ is risen from the dead trampling over death by death, and redeeming us from the grave”. I thought, “that is an amazing thought to sing. We should sing it in the west.”
(Awesome) Easter Series
Start here: http://mattmahermusic.com/blog.php?uid=96. There are seven segments, all can be found on the blog!
Spin off (application) movie…
and yes…I will take Easter pictures of the children (in the cute dresses my mom made) and post them as soon as I get a chance! for anyone worried about the traditional, American Easter 😉