Hillsong singer David Ware said that their song "O Praise The Name" brought a new revelation of Easter and helps people reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ in a different way.
When they were recording the song in the studio, songwriter Marty Sampson challenged Ware to concentrate on a particular line in the song, "I cast my mind to Calvary," and sing as if he was actually there.
"As I began to envision the hill of Calvary, I imagined what it would have been like to actually be there on that day, looking up at my Saviour hanging on that tree, the Messiah, full of love for me, as He breathed His last," said Ware, and for him, that vision changed everything.
He and the rest of the band recorded the song with their gaze transfixed on Jesus' face, and Ware hopes that listeners will be inspired with the way they told the ancient story.
He said that Easter is the only time of the year when Christians and non-Christians alike from all over the world place their focus on Jesus and what they believe about Him. People reflect on "who He was or wasn't, what He did or didn't do, the life He lived, His death, His resurrection and all that happened after," said Ware.
And he loves the fact that their song sheds new light into His timeless story, and it helps Christians remember the greatest love story of all time in a different way. Ware considers it amazing that Jesus' story is as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago. And not only is it His story, but it's everybody's as well, because Jesus died on the cross to save mankind, the singer said.
He quoted the Bible verse Romans 5:8, which says: "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."