Christ Arose!

Christ Arose by Robert Lowry, Public Domain

Low in the grave He lay,
Jesus, my Savior,
Waiting the coming day,
Jesus, my Lord!

◦ Refrain:
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch His bed,
Jesus, my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead,
Jesus, my Lord!

Death cannot keep his Prey,
Jesus, my Savior;
He tore the bars away,
Jesus, my Lord!

According to his biography https://hymnary.org/person/Lowry_Robert

A reporter once asked Robert Lowry what was his method of composition. “Do you write the words to fit the music, or the music to fit the words?”

Lowry replied, “I have no method. Sometimes the music comes and the words follow, fitted insensibly to the melody. I watch my moods, and when anything good strikes me, whether words or music, and no matter where I am, at home or on the street, I jot it down. Often the margin of a newspaper or the back of an envelope serves as a notebook. My brain is a sort of spinning machine, I think, for there is music running through it all the time. I do not pick out my music on the keys of an instrument. The tunes of nearly all the hymns I have written have been completed on paper before I tried them on the organ. Frequently the words of the hymn and the music have been written at the same time.”

The words of Lowry’s hymn seem to echo Peter’s testimony:

“But God raised him (Jesus of Nazareth) from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” Acts 2:24, NIV

Hallelujah! Christ Arose!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fs760h4yI4
He’s Alive!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DQfthEHVc4

Our photos of the entrance to Gordon’s Tomb
and the cyclamen flowers surrounding it were taken on our visit to Israel in 2011.

© 2020 SuZan Klassen


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