I serve a risen Savior

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


Alice

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


Joseph M Butler

Neosho, Missouri, United States

I grew up with so many beautiful hymns, and this is an absolute favorite of mine. My father had a beautiful voice, and he led the singing at our little church. I credit him with giving me such an appreciation for these hymns. I am now 75 years old and hymns such as this make me feel so close to God, and I feel His presence when I hear them. I can still hear my father singing these wonderful old hymns. One Sunday morning several years ago I woke up with this hymn in my mind. When I went to church that morning, it was one of the hymns we sang. Thank you to God, and to my earthly father for instilling the love of such music in my heart.


Marjorie

Stratford, OK, United States

So glad to find the lyrics to this song. I sang this with my momma and grandpa at church as a child. It has come to my mind so many times through the years and touches my heart.

In reading all the comments left everyone feels the same, Christ Jesus Is the Living Savior, Praise Be His Name!


Wayne L Lawrence

Gainesville, Florida, United States

Yes, Yes, He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. Yes, he walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way—his Grace and Mercy as well as Salvation to part. I want the world to know just how special apart Christ Jesus is in the joy that's down in my heart. I love the Lord, for He first loved me; I thank him for the many blessings that man cannot see. I thank him for giving his only begotten son, Christ Jesus, Christ Jesus, the One and Only one Amen.


Jerilyn

Macy, Indiana, United States

Holy Spirit brought this song to mind while pondering all the chaos, destruction, and deceit going on in our world today. It can weigh heavy on my soul but... He lives.. whatever men may say... He lives within my heart! Thank you Lord Jesus 😊💞


Bob

Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States

Holy Spirit put this on my mind as I was waking up. We sang this in our church growing up. I have not thought of it since. I just turned 72. Remembered verse 1 and chorus. I was blessed to find this online.

My wife and I have been sick. This was a great encouragement. As I sang it I cold feel the presence and joy of Holy Spirit.

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."