~* HE LIVES *~
Alfred H. Ackley, 1887-1960

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Matthew 28:6

"Why should I worship a dead Jew?"
This challenge was posed by a sincere, young, Jewish student who had been attending evangelistic meetings conducted by the author and composer of this hymn, Alfred H. Ackley. In his book, Forty Gospel Hymn Stories, George W. Sanville records Mr. Ackley's answer to this searching question, which ultimately prompted the writing of this popular hymn:

He lives! I tell you, He is NOT dead, but lives here and now! Jesus Christ is more alive today than ever before. I can prove it by my own experience, as well as the testimony of countless thousands.

Mr. Sanville continues:
Mr. Ackley's forthright, emphatic answer, together with his subsequent triumphant effort to win the man for Christ, flowered forth into song and crystallized into a convincing sermon on "He Lives!" In his re-reading of the resurrection stories of the Gospels, the words "He is risen" struck him with new meaning. From the thrill within his own soul came the convincing song--"He Lives!" The scriptural evidence, his own heart, and the testimony of history matched the glorious experience of an innumerable cloud of witnesses that "He Lives," so he sat down at the piano and voiced that conclusion in song. He says,"The thought of His ever-living presence brought the music promptly and easily."

The hymn first appeared in Triumphant Service Songs, a hymnal published by the Rodeheaver Company in 1933. It has been a favorite with evangelical congregations since that time.

I serve a risen Savior, Hes 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, Hes always near.

In all the world around me, I see his loving care,
And tho my heart grows weary, I never will despair
I know that He is leading thru 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.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along lifes narrow way
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me How I know He lives?

*For Today*: Job 19:25: Romans 6:9 & 10; Philippians 3:10 & 11; Revelation 1:18

Determine to greet everyone in such a way that they will know unmistakably that Jesus is alive and well, and living in your heart!

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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