Bags of Bran

One of the better resurrection hymns
April 4, 2015, 12:14 pm
Filed under: Biography

A friend once observed that there really is a dearth of good resurrection hymns. Strange, since Paul makes it very clear that the resurrection, difficult as it may be to understand, is one of the key components of the believer’s hope (1 Corinthians 15). I guess too many people are content with a flattened, “go to heaven when you die” afterlife to be troubled to think about what Christ’s victory over death entails.

Jesus lives, and so shall I.
Death! thy sting is gone forever.
He, who deigned for me to die,
lives the bands of death to sever.
He shall raise me with the just;
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives and reigns supreme;
and, his kingdom still remaining,
I shall also be with him,
ever living, ever reigning.
God has promised: be it must;
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and by his grace,
Vict’ry o’er my passions giving,
I will cleanse my heart and ways,
Ever to his glory living.
Me he raises from the dust.
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, I know full well,
naught from him my heart can sever,
life nor death nor power of hell,
joy nor grief henceforth forever.
None of all his saints is lost;
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives and death is now
but my entrance into glory.
Courage then, my soul, for thou
hast a crown of life before thee;
thou shalt find thy hopes were just;
Jesus is the Christian’s Trust.

Text: Christian Gellert, c.1757

Trans.: John D. Lang, 1826




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