Happy Resurrection Sunday! I tend to feel closer to God during Holy Week. I don’t know how to explain it. I just know that I feel extremely connected and the times I feel the closest is when I’m praising Him through song. Because of that, I thought it would be nice to share my top songs that talk about the resurrection so it can give Holy Week that extra special vibe we can all feel and embrace.
“Wonderful Cross” by Michael W. Smith
Well, it wouldn’t be a Resurrection Sunday song list if there wasn’t a song containing the word “cross” in it. Who doesn’t love Michael W. Smith? He has produced some quality songs for decades and his version of “Wonderful Cross” being one of his better ones. It’s upbeat, but you can feel the love expressed throughout it. The lyrics are right to the point and there isn’t much complex about the piece, so you could just sing along without having to think about it, and just praise Christ for His great sacrifice.
“See from His head His hands His feet/ Sorrow and love mingled down/ Did e’er such love and sorrow meet/ Or thorns compose so rich a crown”
– “Wonderful Cross” by Michael W. Smith
Personally, I put this song on here because I sung it for Resurrection Sunday one year. I remember trying to recall the words, and how nervous I was before I went on stage. Yet when I finally performed it, I felt like I was just talking to God. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth. This song means a lot to me, but nowhere near as much as the actual cross. That is a wonder that cannot be matched.
“Truly Amazing” by P.O.D.
The first time I heard “Truly Amazing” from the Passion of the Christ soundtrack, I felt captured in a special way. It starts off with a smooth intro and progressively picks up through the song. So about the time you get to the chorus… BAM! It hits hard. Then it calms down again until the chorus hits you one more time. After the calm, the song builds up again into the bridge and carries you out until the end of the song.
“Love, truly amazing/ Love for the fallen/ Truly amazing/ Heal the broken hearted/ Truly amazing/ Love for the fallen”
– “Truly Amazing” by Sonny Sandoval (Lead singer of P.O.D.)
To me, the calamity and the chaos that comes in and out of this song shows the Crucifixion, the three days that Christ was away, and the day that He was risen. The song paints that picture for me vividly.
“On That Cross” by FLAME
I put this song on here simply because of the hook:
“When You were on that cross! I can’t believe You died for me/ Oh Lord you gave me eyes to see/ When I was lost You showed me which way to go/ Oh Lord you even saved my soul/ When you were on that cross! ”
– “On That Cross” by FLAME
Sure, the actual lyrics in the song give Jesus the praise for dying on the cross, but the hook is what really captures you. It’s just a subtle reminder of what Jesus actually did for us. He gave us life. A purpose. “Eyes to see.” We were lost, but now we’re found. That brings me to the next song…
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin
“Amazing Grace” had already been a classic hymn for centuries. It was created by John Newton in 1779 and originally called Faith’s Review and Expectation. So the world had sung this song a lot. Then in 2006, Chris Tomlin released his album See The Morning. The very last song was titled “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).”
“My chains are gone, I’ve been set free/ My God, my Savior has ransomed me/ And like a flood His mercy reigns/ Unending love, amazing grace”
– “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin
That extra part he added in an already classic hymn took the song to a higher level. When I hear it, I can’t help but praise God. The chains are gone because of His unending love and amazing grace. It’s a song that really puts the resurrection in a proper perspective.
“Via Delorsa” by Young Noah
Imagine the surprise I experienced when I heard this song for the first time on Young Noah’s self-tilted mixtape. You see, the first and only song I had heard by Young Noah was his piece “Everybody Ugly.” It was a good, catchy, well-versed song. However, because of the title I couldn’t give Young Noah the respect that he deserved. This song changed that…
“And being in agony, He prayed the longer/ His sweat became great drops of blood trickling the ground/ Hear the sound of disciples sleeping/ Under such emotional stress the Lord is grieving”
– “Via Delorsa” by Young Noah
From the start of the song, you know this is serious business. The mood is dreary, you feel like something bad is about to happen. Young Noah took extreme advantage of this song, and in my opinion, he used scripture and creativity to craft a very unique twist to the greatest love story of all-time.
I hope you enjoy these songs and put them in your Resurrection Sunday playlist if you have one. Additionally, I know there are songs out there you think deserve a place on this list. Let us know. Tweet us @GeeksUnderGrace, look us up on Facebook, and of course you can always leave us something down below in the comment section.
God bless and know that he has risen!