“Jesus Lives, and So Shall I”

Theologically speaking, we ought to make much of the resurrection of Christ, not relegate it to the few weeks around Easter.  This is true liturgically as well.  I greeted our pastor a Sunday or two ago with “He is risen!” (and being a savvy individual, he responded, of course, with “He is risen indeed!”), and it is always appropriate to incorporate songs of resurrection into any given Sunday’s service.  That should, I know, go without saying, but I suspect songleaders often see such songs as “Easter songs” and save them nearly exclusively for that season.

“Jesus Lives, and So Shall I” is one of my favorites, applying the resurrection of Christ to the life and death of a believer.  It ought to be sung more than it is.  The tune JESUS, MEINE ZUVERSICHT exudes confidence and is a perfect match for the text.

Oddly, this hymn is not found in Cyberhymnal or NetHymnal.  It is included, however, in the Trinity Hymnal.  You can find some history here.

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 from the dust:
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
Nought from him my heart can sever,
Life nor death nor powers of hell,
Joy nor grief, hence forth 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.

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