Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hallelujah! Jesus Lives!

I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. Revelation 1:17-18

Hallelujah! Jesus Lives! This is the cry of all creation on this glorious morn! Our Savior, who went to the cross to pay for our sin, has conquered death once and for all through His victorious resurrection. Hallelujah!

He is now the Living One. He was crucified, but He has risen.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7

Jesus escaped the gloomy halls of death to become our Conqueror. And He has gone ahead of us, as the forerunner of resurrection. Because of His resurrection, we can look forward to rising also.

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. I Corinthians 15:51-52

Jesus IS the resurrection and the life and has given us the promise that we will live eternally even when we die physically.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

Jesus posed a question to Martha: do you believe this? And I pose this question to you as well. As we celebrate Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross and His victory over death, do you believe? Have you put your faith in the One who died to save you?

Join me in praising our resurrected Savior, and come back over the next few weeks as we learn more about Him through this wonderful hymn.

For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection. Romans 6:5

Hallelujah! Jesus Lives!
Words by Carl Garve

Hallelujah! Jesus lives!
He is now the Living One;
From the gloomy halls of death
Christ, the conqueror, has gone,
Bright forerunner to the skies
Of His people, yet to rise.

Jesus lives! Why do you weep?
Why that sad and mournful sigh?
He who died our Brother here
Lives our Brother still on high.
Lives forever to bestow
Blessings on His church below.

Jesus lives! And thus, my soul,
Life eternal waits for you;
Joined to Him, your living head,
Where He is, you shall be, too;
With the Lord, at His right hand,
As a victor you shall stand.

Jesus lives! Let all rejoice.
Praise Him, ransomed of the earth.
Praise Him in a nobler song,
Cherubim of heavenly birth.
Praise the victor King, whose sway
Sin and death and hell obey.

Jesus lives! To Him my heart
Draws with ever new delight.
Earthly vanities, depart,
Hinder not my heavenward flight.
Let this spirit ever rise
To its Magnet in the skies.

Hallelujah! Angels, sing!
Join with us in hymns of praise.
Let your chorus swell the strain
Which our feebler voices raise;
Glory to our God above
And on earth His peace and love!

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