A Hymn for Meditation

Hallelujah! Jesus Lives!

By Carl Garve 1825
Translated from German to English by Jane L. Borthwick 1862
Text courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ (license: public domain)

Hallelujah! Jesus lives!
He is now the Living One;
From the gloomy halls of death
Christ, the conqueror, has gone,
Bright forerunner to the skies
Of His people, yet to rise.

Jesus lives! And thus, my soul,
Life eternal waits for you;
Joined to Him, your living head,
Where He is, you shall be, too;
With the Lord, at His right hand,
As a victor you shall stand.

Jesus lives! Let all rejoice.
Praise Him, ransomed of the earth.
Praise Him in a nobler song,
Cherubim of heavenly birth.
Praise the victor King, whose sway
Sin and death and hell obey.

  • The words of this hymn are triumphant. How does the hymnwriter describe the evidence that the enemy is vanquished? What enemy is conquered? Why do you believe this news is true?
  • What gift is given as a consequence of the victory? Can you remember when and where Jesus promised this gift? (for one example see John 14:1)
  • There are numerous references in the Bible to Jesus seated at the right hand of God in the heavenly throne room. Find a couple and imagine yourself in this scene.
  • What is the evidence that sin, death and hell obey the risen Christ? What is your answer when people ask, “If God is in control, then why do people still die of cancer?”