Easter has always been my favorite holiday, I guess, because it was so meaningful to me. Easter is all about the Lord Jesus who died but rose again from the grave to live forever.
If you ask people what they remember most from their childhood about Easter, many will say hunting Easter eggs, or decorating Easter eggs. They might say they always remember getting an Easter basket, or dressing up in a new outfit and new shoes to go to church. Maybe they will remember the big Easter dinner their mother cooked and having all the family around the table.
If you ask me, I would say, I remember the songs. “Up from the grave He arose.” Or maybe “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” And then the old hymn, “He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today.” What about “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross?” And this one, “Christ the Lord is risen today, hallelujah.” “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe…” What about this comparatively new song that is now one of our favorites? “Because He lives I can face tomorrow.”
These songs have a place in our heart and have stood the test of time because they speak to our hearts and they are Biblically correct.
Music had always been very important to me. I sang from the time I was a little girl, sang in chorus in junior high and high school, and still sing in church. I took piano lessons from third grade through my senior year and one year in college. My life has always involved music of one kind or another.
Music was important to Jesus too. The night of Jesus’ betrayal when He shared the Passover meal with His disciples, the Bible says, “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.” Mark 14:26 NKJV.
Jesus was a singer too.