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Easter 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about our upcoming Easter celebration this week, and I wanted to post some of the songs that I’ve included in my own personal ‘Easter 2014’ playlist. I would like to comment on each song, but I’ll limit myself to a few remarks – and a special offer at the bottom of the post! Free Stuff!


I’ve listed a few songs for each of the key events of the Easter season, followed by a section devoted to the meaning of the events.

The Triumphal Entry: The message for Sunday, April 13th will be “Behold Your King, Matthew 21:1-17 (For one brief, shining moment, some saw a glimpse of the future).”

Ride on to Die – Michael Card
Hosanna Andrew Peterson

The Lord’s Supper: The message for Sunday, April 6th will be “Given for You,Matthew 26:17-29 (He sacrificed himself for the forgiveness of sins).”

Lord Jesus, Comfort Me Matthew Smith
Remembrance Matt Maher
How Beautiful – Twila Paris

The Garden:
Did Christ Over Sinners Weep? Indelible Grace VI
The Silence of God Andrew Peterson

The Crucifixion: The message for Thursday, April 17 will be “Forsaken, Matthew 27:32-54 (The world pivots the moment when God the Son was forsaken by God the Father.)
What Wondrous Love Is This? Fernando Ortega
O Come and Mourn Jars of Clay
Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted Fernando Ortega
There Is Power In the Blood Fernando Ortega

The Resurrection: The message for the main Easter service, April 20th, will be “He is Risen, Matthew 28:1-15 (No matter how much men try to hide it, the resurrection is the truth.)”

High Noon Andrew Peterson
Christ Is Risen Matt Maher
See, What a Morning Keith & Kristyn Getty
Christ is Risen, He is Risen

The Meaning of the Cross:
Second Chance Rend Collective Experiment
Redeemed, Restored, Forgiven Matthew Smith
Power Of The Cross Keith & Kristyn Getty

Alive Again Matt Maher
Upon A Life I Did Not Live Indelible Grace VI

Fortunate Fall Audrey Assad
Spirit of the Living God Audrey Assad

Swallowing Death, Breathing Life John Tibbs
When Death Dies Gungor
Land of the Living Matthew Perryman Jones

The Reckoning (How Long) Andrew Peterson
Rise Up Ben Shive

    Special Album, Special Offer!

Early this year I ran across an album ‘The Blood + the Breath’ by Caroline Cobb. Like Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson, this album takes a wide-angle, story-of-redemption approach to the need of Christ and his work.

Not many of the songs are available on Youtube, but all the songs can be listened to for free on Caroline Cobb’s website.

To encourage listening, I’m offering a free CD of ‘The Blood + the Breath’ to the first five people who e-mail me ( with the name of the song that is based on Isaiah 53 (or tell me in some other way).

I’m praying that God deepens your awe of his work this Easter.