10 Easter Hymns to Fill You with Hope and Joy

10 Easter Hymns to Fill You with Hope and Joy

The Easter season is when we reflect on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a time of year where our faith is encouraged, strengthened, and renewed by remembering the price Jesus paid for our sins.

Looking to the cross, we remember how God sacrificed His only Son to give us eternal life. Although the world may not understand, 1 Corinthians 1:18 explains, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”

The cross symbolizes God’s great love for us. Below are 10 Easter Hymns to fill us with hope and joy.

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  • 1. “Once Again”

    1. “Once Again”

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    It’s easy in daily living to lose focus of what the cross means to us. Matt Redman’s song leads us to consider once again with gratitude, God’s priceless gift of life to us. As 1 John 4:9 describes, “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.”

    “Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice

    You became nothing, poured out to death

    Many times, I’ve wondered at your gift of life

    And I’m in that place once again

    And once again I look upon the cross where you died

    I’m humbled by your mercy and I’m broken inside

    Once again I thank you”

    -Written/Sung by Matt Redman

    As Ephesians 2:8 explains, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

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  • 2. “I Will Sing of My Redeemer”

    2. “I Will Sing of My Redeemer”

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    Fernando Ortega’s sensitive singing of this beautiful song leads us to consider God’s wondrous love for us, demonstrated through His suffering on the cross. Romans 5:8 explains, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: ‘While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’”

    “I will sing of my Redeemer,

    And His wondrous love to me;

    On the cruel cross he suffered,

    From the curse to set me free. Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer,

    With His blood He purchased me,

    On the cross He sealed my pardon,

    Paid the debt, and made me free”

    -Written by Philip Paul Bliss/Sung by Fernando Ortega

    Jesus took upon Himself our sins to set us free from the penalty of sin and death. As Philippians 2:8 describes, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross.”

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  • 3. “Arms Open Wide”

    3. “Arms Open Wide”

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    The Baloche’s beautiful song emphasizes how Jesus laid down His life for us. It was not taken from Him, but rather He freely gave it. As He says in John 10:18, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

    “From another world

    Out of the heavens into the earth

    Came another love

    A love that we’ve never seen or heard

    You came and displayed Your love

    By giving Your all for us

    You are the high and Holy One

    You left the glory of Your throne

    And You gave it all away

    You are the Lord of everything

    The reason for the song I sing

    You're worthy to be praised

    You lived and died

    With arms open wide”

    -Written/Sung by Paul and Rita Baloche

    1 John 3:16 explains how we know what love is because Jesus laid down His life for us: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). 

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  • 4. “God of Mercy”

    4. “God of Mercy”

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    Written and sung by worship leader John Barnett, this gentle hymn tenderly touches hearts with the love and mercy of God, drawing us to the cross and the precious blood Jesus shed to cover our sins. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

    “I’ve been forgiven

    Mercy broke through to rescue me

    The blood of Jesus

    Shed on the cross at Calvary

    Poured out for me

    Holy, holy, God almighty

    Heaven and earth are filled with Your glory

    God of mercy, broken for me”

    -Written/Sung by John Barnett

    “God of Mercy” celebrates how, “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you” (Psalm 86:5).

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  • 5. “Sweetly Broken”

    5. “Sweetly Broken”

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    Jeremy Riddle reminds us in “Sweetly Broken,” that to be broken by and surrendered to the suffering and brokenness Jesus endured on the cross is a natural response when encountering such sacrificial love. “And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:2)

    “To the cross, I look, and to the cross, I cling

    Of it’s suffering, I do drink, of its work, I do sing

    On it, my Savior, both bruised and crushed

    Showed that God is love and God is just

    At the cross you beckon me

    You draw me gently to my knees

    And I am lost for words, so lost in love

    I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered”

    -Written/Sung by Jeremy Riddle

    As Scripture affirms, the sweetness of a life fully surrendered to God is priceless. “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)

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  • 6. “Jesus Paid it All”

    6. “Jesus Paid it All”

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    Kristian Stanfill sings this beloved hymn that helps us to recognize and appreciate our sins being paid in full through Jesus’ death on the cross. As Isaiah 1:18 explains, “'Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’”

    “Jesus paid it all

    All to Him I owe

    Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow

    It’s washed away, all my sin

    And all my shame”

    -Written by Elvina Hall/Sung by Kristian Stanfill

    Hope and joy come through knowing that Jesus paid it all on the cross and has washed us white as snow. Ephesians 1:7 assures us that “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” 

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  • 7. “When I Survey the Wonderful Cross”

    7. “When I Survey the Wonderful Cross”

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    Michael W. Smith’s rendition of this rich hymn encourages us to gaze at the cross and be crucified with Christ so we may truly live. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

    “When I survey the wondrous cross

    On which the Prince of Glory died

    My richest gain I count but loss

    And pour contempt on all my pride

    Oh the wonderful cross

    Oh the wonderful cross

    Bids me come and die and find

    That I may truly live”

    -Written by Isaac Watts/Sung by Michael W. Smith

    Like Romans 6:4 explains, “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

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  • 8. “Glorious Day”

    8. “Glorious Day”

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    As Casting Crowns sings “Glorious Day,” we journey through the suffering Jesus experienced on the cross to the hope of His resurrection. Hebrews 2:9 says, “But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”

    “One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain

    One day they nailed Him to die on a tree

    Suffering anguish, despised and rejected

    Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He

    Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree

    And took the nails for me

    Living, He loved me

    Dying, He saved me

    Buried, He carried my sins far away

    Rising, He justified freely forever

    One day He’s coming

    Oh Glorious Day!”

    -Written by John William Chapman/Sung by Casting Crowns

    We rejoice and look forward with hope to the glorious return of Jesus. “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

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  • 9. “Easter Song”

    9. “Easter Song”

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    A hymn ringing with joy over Jesus’ death on the cross and His empty grave is the “Easter Song,” sung passionately by Keith Green. It calls us to celebrate Christ’s rising from the dead. As Matthew 28:6 proclaims, “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.”

    “The angel up on the tombstone

    Said He has risen, just as He said

    Quickly now, go tell His disciples

    That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

    Joy to the world, He has risen, hallelujah

    He’s risen, hallelujah

    He’s risen, hallelujah

    Hallelujah”

    -Written by Annie Herring/Sung by Keith Green

    In rejoicing, we remember how, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die'” (John 11:25).

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  • 10. “Lamb of God”

    10. “Lamb of God”

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    As Twila Paris beautifully sings “Lamb of God,” the words turn our hearts to recognize Jesus as being God’s holy, perfect sacrifice crucified on the cross. John 1:29 records, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’”

    “Your only Son no sin to hide

    But You have sent Him from Your side

    To walk upon this guilty sod

    And to become the Lamb of God

    Your gift of love they crucified

    They laughed and scorned Him as He died

    The humble King they named a fraud

    And sacrificed the Lamb of God

    Oh Lamb of God, Sweet Lamb of God

    I love the Holy Lamb of God

    Oh wash me in His precious Blood

    My Jesus Christ the Lamb of God”

    -Written/Sung by Twila Paris

    1 Peter 1:18,19 describes the incredible cost paid: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life you inherited from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or spot.”

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  • Easter’s Hope and Joy Found in the Cross

    Easter’s Hope and Joy Found in the Cross

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    As we look to the cross this Easter with hope and joy, let us, “Fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

    Because Jesus died on the cross, “Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter 1:21).


    Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, StartMarriageRight.com, and more. She has an M.A. in Communications from Regent University and serves as associate producer for Soul Check TV.

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