When you're choosing Easter songs for children to sing, what kind of thing should you be looking for? Easter is such an important celebration, reminding us of the amazing events of Jesus' death and resurrection. The Bible is full of wonderful things to learn about Easter and all the Jesus has done, and we want to reflect that in the songs we sing together.
Here are four aspects of Easter that we can sing about, with some ideas for songs:
The Fulfilment of God's Plan
Jesus' death wasn't an accident, or a half-baked idea he came up with on the spur of the moment! No - it was God's plan, hatched before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-8).
The song "God has a plan" is about the "Kingdom" plan that God put into action - to bring about God's people, in God's place, under God's rule and blessing, through Jesus. Click here to listen to "God has a plan". Click here to buy "God has a plan" downloads.
"Fifty Three verse Six" is another song looking at fulfilment - how Jesus is the one whom Isaiah was speaking about in his famous chapter 53. This songs sings about how Jesus' death on the cross brings about the fulfilment of those great verses. Click here to listen to "53v6", click here to get the "53v6" downloads.
What actually happened
It's vital that we help kids to learn the facts about the events, from the Bible accounts. This can be backed up with songs that go through the story in some way.
"Good Friday" goes through some of the events of that dark day - the darkness, the tearing of the curtain, the words of the Centurion as Jesus died - and comes the the conclusion that it was a Bad, Mad, and Sad day - but we're GLAD it happened because Jesus did it for us! Click here to listen to "Good Friday" now! Click here to get "Good Friday" from the "Maynard's Groovy Bible Tunes" store
On the third day Jesus rose - and the song "He's Alive!" gives us a chance to sing about some of Jesus' resurrection appearances, and praise God for Jesus with the words of 1 Peter 1:3. Click here to hear "He's Alive", click this link for "He's Alive" downloads.
What it means
The events are so amazing, but what does it all mean? Fortunately the Bible gives us very clear answers: Jesus died in our place so that we can be forgiven, and he's alive so that we can know the new life he gives forever! That's something to sing about...
"So this is how..." helps to explain the meaning of Jesus' death and resurrection using the words of 1 John 4:9-10, and it manages somehow to be a bouncy exciting song (because Jesus is alive), combined with a sense of awe that Jesus should have died for us - what love! Click here to have a listen to "So this is how...", and click this link for "So this is how..." in the store.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that the message of Jesus' death and resurrection is of first importance! "Most Important" gives us a chance to sing about that: the Good News that the Easter events put us right with God. Click this link to listen to "Most Important", click here for "Most Important" downloads
What impact it has on our lives
Of course Easter isn't just something interesting from history - it's vital today in our lives!
"Will you sing?" takes up this theme - Jesus has loved us and died for us, will we now live for him? Click here to hear the song "Will you sing", click this link for "Will you sing?" in the MGBT store.
Another song to think about the implications of Easter for our lives is "I don't need no lottery!" - in a world where everyone hopes to 'get rich quick', we who trust in Jesus don't!! We have a solid hope for the future because of all that Jesus has done. This song is based on 1 Peter 1:4. Click here to listen to "I don't need...", and click here for the "I don't need..." downloads
I hope all this has helped you to see some of the different aspects of Easter that we can share as we teach children in our Sunday schools, Sabbath schools, midweek clubs, assemblies, and of course in church itself. I hope you're encouraged that there are some fun and meaningful bible songs out there to sing with the kids! There are many other great songs on the "Maynard's Groovy Bible Tunes" website - click this link to listen in!