Crucified with Christ my Savior

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Crucified with Christ my Savior,
To the world and self and sin;
To the death-born life of Jesus
I am sweetly ent’ring in:
In His fellowship of suff’ring,
To His death conformed to be,
I am going with my Savior
  All the way to Calvary.
  All the way to Calvary,
Where my Savior went for me,
Help me, Lord, to go with Thee,
  All the way to Calvary.
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’Tis not hard to die with Christ
When His risen life we know;
’Tis not hard to share His suff’rings
When our hearts with joy o’erflow.
In His resurrection power
He has come to dwell in me,
And my heart is gladly going
  All the way to Calvary.
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If we die we’ll live with Christ,
If we suffer we shall reign;
Only thus the prize of glory
Can the conqueror attain.
Oh, how sweet, on that glad morning
Should the Master say to thee,
“Yes, my child, thou didst go with me
  All the way to Calvary.”
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Maame

Greater Accra, Ghana

Amen. 'When we know His resurrection, it is not hard to deny the self and bear the cross."

Lord I want to know You in Your resurrection and deny myself and bear the cross. Lord Jesus help me to go with You all the way to Calvary Lord. Amen.


Starets Maquiling

Davao City, Philippines

Lord Jesus, do crucify us daily and continually... Make us willing to crucify our "self" on the cross! Lord, our way of the cross begins in our baptism! This is our first step on the way of the cross! Lord, make us live by dying! Lord Jesus...


LUIS E Gonzalez S

El Salvador

Wonderful hymn! I translate some of these hymns in my church in San Salvador, El Salvador and sing them every Sunday, very happy and rejoicing in the Lord.


Samson Jim

San Diego, CA, United States

'Tis not hard to die with Christ

When His risen life we know;

The Lord died on the cross so that His life can be released. We have been empowered by His life. When we know His resurrection, it is not hard to deny the self and bear the cross.

Christ's resurrection life brings His death to us and becomes the power for us to experience His death. Hymns, #481 says, "'Tis not hard to die with Christ / When His risen life we know; / 'Tis not hard to share His suff'rings / When our hearts with joy o'erflow. / In His resurrection power / He has come to dwell in me, / And my heart is gladly going / All the way to Calvary." This hymn expresses the meaning of Philippians 3:10. The resurrection life of Christ conforms us to the death of Christ. When we know Christ and the power of His resurrection, we experience His death, live in His death, and are conformed to His death.

Not only was the Lord put into death when He was baptized, but the four Gospels reveal that His living on the earth was also continually under death. In one sense, after being immersed in baptism, the Lord rose up from the death water. Yet in another sense, He remained under death in His living and walk. Jesus was dying to live. For the entire three and a half years of His earthly ministry, He was dying. In other words, He was always being crucified. Eventually, at the end of the three and a half years of His ministry, He walked to the cross to die physically. Hymns, #481 by A. B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, says, "All the way to Calvary." Jesus was going all the way to Calvary during the entire three and a half years of His ministry on the earth. His way to the cross on Calvary began from His baptism. His baptism was His first step on the way to the cross. He always lived by dying. The Lord was powerful, victorious, and full of life because He was dying all the time.

In Philippians 2 Paul mentions submission many times. To be submissive is to agree with whatever God says. In the chorus of #481 in Hymns, Brother A. B. Simpson wrote "All the way to Calvary." This is the Lord's ordination and commandment for us. Since the Lord died on the cross, we also should take the narrow way of the cross. The Christian life is, on the one hand, to live daily. On the other hand, it is to die daily. The life between a husband and a wife is a "martyr's" life. Daily the wife slaughters the husband, and the husband the wife. If you have been living wholly and proudly without having others slaughter you, you are a defeated Christian. You must be a "martyred" Christian not just before the Roman Caesar, but before your husband or your wife. In other words, let your husband or wife slaughter you and terminate you.

"All the way to Calvary" means remaining in the death of Christ continuously and walking in such a death. This is an extremely profound principle of the Christian life. When we remain in the death of Christ and walk in it, we can enjoy the power of Christ's resurrection within us. Hence, Romans 6:5 says that if we have grown together with Him in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection. The likeness of His death here is the baptism mentioned in the previous verse, and the likeness of His resurrection is the newness of life. In baptism, we grew together with Him in the likeness of His death. Now through His death, we have grown into His resurrection, where we walk in newness of life.

A. B. Simpson's hymns on the identification with Christ are of the highest standard. Hymn #481 is a very sweet song on being identified with Christ's death and resurrection. Verse 2 says:

'Tis not hard to die with Christ

When His risen life we know;

'Tis not hard to share His suff'rings

When our hearts with joy o'erflow.

In His resurrection power

He has come to dwell in me,

And my heart is gladly going

All the way to Calvary.

Do you feel that it is hard to die? Here is a word that tells us it is not hard to die. To die with yourself is hard, but to die with Christ is not hard. It is not hard to die with Christ "when His risen life we know." This refers to Philippians 3:10 where Paul says, "To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death."

Hymn #481 in Hymns is an excellent hymn on being identified with the Lord in His death and resurrection. The first two lines of verse 2 say:

'Tis not hard to die with Christ

When His risen life we know.

This hymn was written by A. B. Simpson. All those who know the inner life love this hymn. The question that was asked is actually a question concerning whether we have death first and then resurrection, or resurrection first and then death. By the illustration of the seed being buried in the earth, we can see the sequence. The seed has life in it; life is resurrection. But without being buried in the earth, the seed will not be glorified. Being buried in the earth is equivalent to denying, rejecting, and renouncing ourselves. The multiplication of life, the glorification of life, as resurrection is by this burial, this renouncing.

The Lord came with life, but He passed through death. Then He entered into resurrection for His multiplication, His increase, His glorification. Today we can receive Him as our life, making us a seed. In order for us as the seed to express the divine life for its multiplication, increase, glorification, we need to go through the death which He has gone through. Going through His death is the conformity to His death.

We can see in Philippians 3 that Paul had Christ as life and that he lived by that life, yet he aspired to know more. He wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection, being conformed to His death. We have Christ as life already, yet we need to know Him more. The increased knowing of Christ and of the power of resurrection will strengthen us to pass through His death. By knowing Him more, we can be conformed unto His death. This is clearly portrayed in the book of Philippians, which is a book on the experience of Christ. The conformity to His death is the renouncing of ourselves, the denying of ourselves, the rejecting of ourselves. Rejecting, renouncing, and denying mean the same thing. When we deny ourselves, we live in resurrection.