Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

There are so many hymns that celebrate the special Easter message that makes our hearts soar with thanksgiving and praise for all Christ has done for us. Here are a few verses from my favorite Easter hymns:

I know that my Redeemer lives; 
What comfort this sweet sentence gives! 
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living Head.

Jesus Christ is ris'n today, Alleluia! 
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! 
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

I am content! My Jesus liveth still,
In whom my heart is pleased,
He hath fulfilled the Law of God for me,
God's wrath He hath appeased,
Since He in death could perish never,
I also shall not die forever.
I am content! I am content!

And one from my childhood:

God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus;
He came to love, heal, and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon, 
An empty grave it there to prove my Savior lives.
Because He lives I can face tomorrow;
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.