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Music plays a big role in the Christian faith. Hymns and psalms are sung all around the globe in- and outside churches. Get to know the wide variety of music inspired by Jesus in classical and popular music. Start listening!

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Yahweh (U2)

The title of this song means “God.” When you individually translate the letters to Hebrew letters, it spells out God’s name as it appears in The Bible.

When the Music’s over (The Doors)

The theme is music being the fire of life. When it stops, so does life’s spirit. Arguably, one of the most beautifully intense moments of any rock song is when Morrison screams, “Persian Night! See the Light! Save Us! Jesus! Save Us!”

Until the End of the World (U2)

This song is a personal conversation between Jesus and Judas. Bono takes on the part of Judas.

Thomas (A Prefect Circle)

This is about the Doubting Thomas from the Bible, who’s begging for forgiveness because he didn’t believe until he saw Jesus resurrected and alive.

The River (Good Charlotte)

This song is about sin and redemption that traverses the dark side of Los Angeles. It references Christ’s parable of the prodigal son, who after running away and squandering his share of his father’s inheritance, returns and is welcomed back by his forgiving dad.

The King will come (Wishbone Ash)

Wishbone Ash bass player Martin Turner researched this song by studying The Bible. It’s about the Christian idea that when the world ends, those who believe will be saved.

Revenge (Jon Foreman)

Foreman, who is the lead singer of Switchfoot, wrote this song about Jesus and his death on the cross, but from the perspective of one of the thieves that died with Him.

Prodigal Son (Rolling Stones)

The Prodigal Son is a story told in the Bible about a father who has two sons. The younger son asks for his inheritance early and goes off to spend the money on hedonistic pursuits.

Plastic Jesus (Eddie Marrs)

Some people are offended by the lyrics and fail to realize that the song is not meant to be sacrilegious but is actually aimed at those who cheapen the image of Jesus by selling plastic gee-gaws, cheap little trinkets in His image and other religious kitsch.