Sunday, April 16, 2006

He Lives!

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.

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.

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 thru 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.

Lyrics By Alfred H. Ackley

“Why should I worship a dead Jew?”

This challenging question was posed by a sincere young Jewish student who had been attending evangelistic meetings conducted by the author and composer of this hymn, Alfred H. Ackley.
Mr. Ackley’s answer to this searching question, ultimately prompted the writing of this popular gospel hymn, He Lives.

The composer answered his inquirer: “He lives! I tell you, He is not dead, but lives here and now! Jesus Christ is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience, as well as the testimony of countless thousands. "

Mr. Ackley’s forthright, emphatic answer, together with his subsequent successful effort to win the man for Christ, flowered forth into song and crystallized into a convincing sermon in hymn on He Lives!

So he sat down at the piano and voiced that conclusion in song. He says, The thought of His ever-living presence brought the music promptly and easily.

H/T: Tan Bible


Jeff H said...

Yes, he is RISEN!!! Amen, with joy!!!

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Happy Easter, Juanita.

McSwain said...

Happy Easter! I can almost hear back to my childhood, my mother singing this one in the pew next to me.

Rebekah said...

Hope you had a great Easter, jgf!

That's one of my favorite hymns... :)

Anonymous said...

It's good to witness to an outwoking of an objective fact, but the reply must first be why we can know he lives external to our lives. "Plato lives in my heart" requires I show why Plato lives before I claim we live together, unless I merely mean his message lives within: some claim Jesus merely rose through his message surviving him. That the Rock of my Heart has melted is itself some witness, but Who Moved The Stone? is the primary question as Frank Morison understood.