Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, is the most important Christian holiday. Today in churches across the world, pastors and ministers are standing up front proclaiming, “Christ is Risen!” To which the congregations are responding with a heartfelt “He is risen indeed!” The hymn I would like to share with you express this very message.
In 1933 Alfred H. Ackley wrote the lyrics and the music for “He Lives!”. Born in Spring Hill, PA in 1887, Ackley studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He later graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland and was ordained as a minister in 1914. He worked with the evangelist Billy Sunday, and wrote about 1500 hymns during his lifetime.
I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living, whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him He’s always near.
In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho’ my heart grows weary, I never will despair;
I know that He is leading, thro’ all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him, the Help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.
He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.
Thank you for listening!
18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.(Revelation 1:18)
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,(1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
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