~* CHRIST AROSE *~
Robert Lowry, 1826-1899

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Romans 6:8 & 9

"Hallelujah, He is risen!" "Hallelujah, He is risen indeed!" If you and I had been living during the early church period, this undoubtedly would have been our greeting to one another as believers. For the past century, however, many fundamental churches have been inspired anew in celebrating the triumphant day of Resurrection Son Day by singing "Christ Arose", written and composed by Robert Lowry in 1874.

Robert Lowry is a highly respected name among early gospel hymn writers. He served for a time as a professor of literature at Bucknell University, pastored several Baptist churches in the East, and then became the music editor of the Biglow Publishing Company. It has often been said that the quality of Lowry's numerous publications did much to improve the cause of sacred music in this country.

During the spring of 1874, while having his devotions one evening, Robert Lowry was impressed with the events associated with Christ's resurrection, especially with these words recorded in Luke 24:6 & 7:

He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.


Soon Robert Lowry found himself seated at the little pump organ in the parlor of his home, and in a very spontaneous fashion, the words and music of "Christ Arose" gave expression to the thoughts that had been uppermost in his mind. The hymn was published the following year and has been an inspirational favorite with God's people ever since.



Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph oer His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph oer His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph oer His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!



*For Today*: Matthew 27:5-66; John 19:41 & 42; I Corinthians 15:14

Allow the truth of Christ's Resurrection to thrill your life anew. Sing with triumph as you go through your day, "Hallelujah, Christ AROSE!"

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

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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