Jesus, Jesus is risen … an Easter song

For as long as I’ve been writing songs – over 35 years now (phew!), songwriting has tended to often happen without clear rhyme or reason; well – apart from the reason of God’s Spirit.  Sure, I believe I have the gift of writing something for a particular theme or occasion or when there’s nothing much around on a certain theme … one of the reasons for my kids songs over the years.  When I write, it tends to happen with several songs written within weeks of each other, and then nothing for months on end.  Having written and share a Palm Sunday song just days ago: Sing hosanna, I found myself inspired to write a new, upbeat Easter song – best with a full band. It’s called Jesus, Jesus is risen.

I’ve never felt that I’ve ever written a more-adult Easter song – ever.  My He’s alive, yes he is! kids song of about 6 years back has been widely and well received.  This one is hopefully engaging for kids in the chorus, yet I pray has some meat for a wider grouping in the verses.  Others can judge on this one.  Here are the words, with links under it for leadsheet (piano score to follow later on the RCL site) and Powerpoint file.

Jesus, Jesus is risen
Jesus – up from the grave
Jesus, Jesus is risen
Death has been conquered
and Jesus reigns

Death could not contain you
The Cross can’t hold you down
Over all, you’ve triumphed
Walls come crumbling down
You rise again as victor
Your promise matched in deed
We add our hallelujahs
You are risen, yes indeed!

Hope, love, life – new meaning
resurrection’s power
As we lay our old self down
We rise new people now
You are God forever
You are Christ the Lord
We sing our hallelujahs
O risen, living Lord

David MacGregor   © 2009 Willow Publishing
music powerpoint

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