I serve a risen Savior

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 though my heart grows weary,
  I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
  Through 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.
M. Woryonwon Roberts

Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia

This song stuck with me for life, since our 'Saturday Bible Class' time in the 1980s. It reminds of the Johnstons, an American missionary family that conducted the spiritual class for kids, every Saturday afternoon in our Harmonfield-Duport Community, Paynesville, Liberia. I just can't believe I remember every word of the song, as I am in my 50s now. Amazing! Those were good old days with the Lord.

Nashon Onzere Muhando

Kitale, Rift Valley, Kenya

This song reminds me of the strength God imparts on me even when I am weak Spiritually. He never leaves me alone.

Dr. K Nathaniel Oden II

Newark, NJ, United States

I’m eternally grateful for this website it is the place I come to when I need peace of mind, as I prepare for my sermon, it is so great to have a place with a plethora of spiritual hymns that seem to be antiquated, and yet relevant. I believe if the churches would get back to the sacred hymns the entire church will have true repentance, revival, and reconciliation.

Roger R Schweikert

Ruckersville, VA, United States

I agree with many others regarding their appreciation for posting this hymn her It is a celebratory song of praise to THE ONE WHO Suffered and died for the sins of all mankind past, present and future, yet could not remain in a grave.

Phillip Bruce

Bogart, Georgia, United States

Thank you for making this hymnal so available

Thomas Hue Collier

Pilot Point, TX, United States

Thank you for this website and for putting this wonderful song on it. I am 79 and have heard it in church all my life. It makes me understand even more the statement (command) of the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:4 -- rejoice in Him always. Allowing our happiness to be based on how we feel as we journey through this life's trials is fruitless compared to the perfect rejoicing God wants for us.


Nacogdoches, Texas, United States

I just started singing this beautiful song from my childhood. My father was a military man and a pastor and he had the most beautiful voice, and Irish tenor. This is one of the most beautiful songs he sang. I loved when my father would sing and he would have us get up and sing with him. Some of my favorite memories. Yes he lives. My Jesus lives. Can’t wait till the day I get to see Jesus, my mom and dad.

C Kincaid

Bonnet Lake, WA, United States

I woke today singing this hymn that I haven’t even heard in years. Looked it up here to read the beautiful truths within.

Joseph Butler

Neosho, MO, United States

I was just going through the comments and reading some really wonderful statements and testimonies of Christ's power to transform lives. I came across the comments by Virginia Geoffrion of Huntsville, AL, United States of growing up in the Salvation Army and singing this beautiful hymn. My father, whom I mentioned in an earlier comment, was the one who instilled both a love of music in my life, as well as the love of certain hymns, especially this one. He also grew up in the Salvation Army, and because of his innate musical talent, including his beautiful voice, also sang in the streets with his local Salvation Army. That was in Welch, West Virginia and my grandfather, Joseph Straus Butler, ran the local mission for many years. He died the year before I was born, and I have always wished I had known him. He and my father were both born in Virginia. Thank you God, for beginning the chain of events that led to my belief in Him, my salvation, and my love of this hymn. And thank you Virginia Geoffrion for your comment that led to fond memories of my father and grandfather.

Debbie Nettles

I also grew up singing this beautiful hymn - I know He lives

Throughout the centuries, all the living servants of God have had this resurrected Christ living in them. I can also testify that He lives in me, enabling me to do what I never could do in myself. Hallelujah, the Lord Jesus lives! How do we know He lives? As the hymn says, we know He lives because He lives in us (Hymns, #503). We may be persecuted and opposed, and we may suffer very much. But we have the resurrected Christ in us. The more we are opposed, the more alive and active we become. Nevertheless, our testimony is this: Not I, but the grace of God with us.

Many Bible readers do not have this understanding of the word witness; even our understanding is not this deep. In Galatians 2:20 Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me." This is the meaning of being a witness. A witness is a person who has Christ living in him. The chorus of a hymn says, "He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! /...You ask me how I know He lives? / He lives within my heart" (Hymns, #503). His living in us proves that He has resurrected and that He is living.

This is a good hymn, and I appreciate it. The chorus says that we know Christ lives because He walks with us and talks with us. However, this is not as good as saying that we know Christ lives because He lives within our heart. In answer to the question, "How do you know Christ lives?" the chorus of this hymn answers, "He lives within my heart!" We know that the Lord lives not simply because He walks with us and talks with us, but because He lives in us.

How do you know Christ lives? You should answer this question by saying, "I know He lives because He lives in me." Likewise, if we are asked if we have seen the Lord Jesus, we should say, "Yes, I have seen the Lord, for He lives in me. Even while you are asking me this question, He lives in me. Because He lives in me, I see Him. Even now as I am speaking, I can see Him. While I am speaking to you, He is speaking to me. I am simply a transmitter speaking whatever He speaks to me."

The Lord's word, "Because I live, you shall live also," certainly was fully fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. When Peter stood up with the eleven, that was Christ in resurrection. Peter's speaking was also Christ in resurrection. If someone had asked Peter where Christ is, he might have said, "Christ is here. Don't you see me? If you see me, you see Christ because He lives in me."