If you observe Lent, good news…you can once more eat chocolate, meat, or whatever you’ve fasted. Tomorrow is Good Friday, followed by Black Saturday, and followed by Easter. Easter, in my religious opinion, is probably the most important holiday of the year as it celebrates the resurrection of Christ. So, in honor of Easter and Holy Week, I’ve put together what I call a “musical sermon.” Songs about Easter, Holy Week, and the ascension.
This playlist introduces Jesus, shows the betrayal by Judas, the trial, the crucifixion, the resurrection, the ascension, and what it all really means to us (this is, after all, a musical sermon). I hope this playlist speaks to you. Enjoy!
Notes on Songs about Easter
My initial vision for this playlist was to recreate the final days of Jesus on Earth through a variety of songs, both Christian and secular. Sadly, I was not able to do so. Instead, I used almost all CCM music (so sorry to those of you who don’t appreciate the genre). Regardless, I’m happy with the results.
A bit more in depth to some of my choices. The first song, “Shouts of Joy,” plays as a prologue and a call to listen. “Boy Like Me / Man Like You” and “Secret Ambition” shows us the person of Jesus before the events of Holy Week. “Until The End of the World” talks about Judas and his betrayal. Jumping past a few obvious titles, “Aslan is Killed” signifies the death of Jesus (as Aslan usually represents Jesus in the writings of CS Lewis).
A special note about “In Scarlet Storm,” by David Zaffiro. This song represents what I theorize to be the most terrible day in all of history – the Saturday between the Crucifixion and Resurrection. I originally wanted to use “We Drink Your Blood,” as that song talks about the horrors of screaming “Lord have Mercy,” when no mercy can be found. I imagine that day must have been like that – absolutely hellish. Still – I felt the song to be a little too heavy and a tad too offensive for this playlist. Hardly a good fit for songs about Easter.
Jumping ahead to the very last song, “Lost the Plot,” we have a challenge to the listener. This is, after all, a musical sermon so an application must come about. “Lost the Plot” talks about how some (including myself) become complacent, even lazy. We know the story, we know the meaning of the story, but maybe, just maybe we get too comfortable in our own lives. Maybe this isn’t you, but maybe it is – only you know. I only challenge you to examine your own life.