Jesus lives! thy terrors now

Jesus lives! thy terrors now
Can, O Death, no more appall us;
Jesus lives! by this we know
Thou, O Grave, canst not enthrall us.
Jesus lives! henceforth is death
But the gate of Life immortal;
This shall calm our trembling breath,
When we pass its gloomy portal.
Jesus lives! for us He died;
Then alone to Jesus living,
Pure in heart may we abide,
Glory to our Savior giving.
Jesus lives! our hearts know well
Naught from us His love shall sever;
Life, nor death, nor powers of hell
Tear us from His keeping ever.
Jesus lives! to Him the Throne
Over all the world is given;
We, in spirit with Him one,
Rest and reign with Him in heaven.


Glory to God in the highest for the victory of Jesus Christ!

Wali Wisdom

Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

This song gives me confidence about Jesus victory over death, am as well victorious over sin and the grave. Hallelujah.


London, United Kingdom

With a second wave of Covoid 19 sweeping through Europe & USA at this time October/ November 2020 the hymn Jesus Lives is so wonderful to know & hear and to lift troubled hearts & minds. Stay strong in this knowledge.

Jane Wickenden

Wincanton, Somerset, United Kingdom

The usual tune to this hymn is not anonymous but by Dr Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876).

Ogedengbe Nathaniel

Akure, Ondo, Nigeria

I woke up singing this hymn on Thursday morning, I kept wondering why singing such song only for me to receive a call from my pastor's wife that the man of God has translated to a great beyond.

I know and I'm sure you're resting in the bossom of the Lord, PST Bamidele, rest on till we meet to part no more.

Onovo-Agbo David

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Jesus lives! What a joy!

This hymn has been on my lips since yesterday, throuout the Easter service. Been humming it right from inside the church, maybe because I put all the stanzas on my Facebook update whilst riding to church!

Now as I knelt down to observe my routine midnight prayers a while ago, no other opening song came to mind than this! Jeusu lives! Wow!

As I sang through the five stanzas, I was glad to realize that all the troubles and vicissitudes of mankind have been trounced by the reason of Christ' victory over death and hell! Hallelujah!

Coming at a time I'm as it were on life's crossroad, uncertain about my next decision and move, it's reassuring to know that I've already conquered my behomothic fears in advance through the resurrection power of Jesus Christ!

Oh, what a joy to sing this hymn again!

What a joy to know that indeed Jesus lives!

Happy Easter! 🌹

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Gellert was a German poet. Born in Saxony, the son of a Lutheran pastor, he studied at the University of Leipzig, but his temperament was not suited to preaching. He became a teacher at the university. Many of his poems have an instructional tendency. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


the original last stanza says:

Jesus lives! to Him the throne

over all the world is given:

may we go where He has gone,

rest and reign with Him in heaven.