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4 Songs for Easter Morning

As we remember Christ's suffering on the Cross and His glorious resurrection, let's reflect on the great price that the Son of God made for us. With grateful hearts, we meditate on the sacrifice He gave, as He took our heavy sins upon His beaten shoulders.

As His modern-day disciples, we praise God -- for Christ has paid the debt of our sin and conquered the grave.

Here are just a few songs for this Easter Sunday from Third Day, 2nd Chapter of Acts, and more that beautifully tell the Gospel story.

"Hammer No More" by Chronos

Downpour (2005)

In all likelihood, you've never heard of the group, Chronos. And that's a shame because this talented indie band passionately served God through music. Their song "Hammer No More" still resonates with me even today. From the point of view of a guard who helped crucify Jesus, "Hammer No More" forces us to acknowledge our part -- as sinners -- in putting Christ on the Cross.

As I drove the last nails,
the tears washed the blood from my hands
I can see in His eyes, I had murdered an innocent man
After 93 nails, you would think I could drive 94
But tonight I've decided, this soldier will hammer no more

"He's Alive" by Don Francisco

Forgiven (1993)

Written from the Apostle Peter's perspective, "He's Alive" boldly declares Christ's resurrection. Even after denying knowing the Lord three times, Peter dedicates his life to sharing the Good News. Don Francisco does the same in this moving song from the early 1990s.

He's alive, yes, He's alive
Yes, He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive, yes, He's alive

"Thief" by Third Day

Third Day (1996)

Third Day's been sharing the Gospel with millions of music fans around the world since their first album released in 1996. On that self-titled record is an unforgettable song the band still plays at concerts called "Thief". Lead singer Mac Powell sings these powerful words as if he were the thief who recognized Jesus as Messiah as he hung next to Him on a cross.

Who is this man? This man beside me
They call the King of the Jews
They don't believe that He's the Messiah
But, somehow I know it's true.

"Easter Song" by 2nd Chapter of Acts

Very Best of 2nd Chapter of Acts (2006)

Performed by many artists including Keith Green, "Easter Song" was written by Anne Herring of 2nd Chapter of Acts, a brother/sisters group from decades ago. It's the Gospel message matched with the well-known harmonies of this incredibly talented group. When I think Easter, I think of this song.

Here the bells ringing,
They're singing that you can be born again,
Here the bells ringing,
They're singing Christ is risen from the dead.

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