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Hymn Highlights: "Jesus Lives, and So Shall I"

I am always thrilled when someone introduces me to a hymn that is well-written and theologically rich, and for some reason or another has been neglected by the editors of popular hymnals.  Today, let me introduce you to one of my old friends!

“Jesus Lives, and So Shall I” by Christian Gellert (original German title: “Jesus lebt, mit ihm auch ich”) was brought from German to English by Frances Cox, but I prefer the translation of Philip Schaff, set to the tune JESU, MEINE ZUVERSICHT.  This worthy hymn aptly applies the resurrection of Christ to the life and death of a believer, and ought to be sung more than it is.  The tune exudes confidence (German, zuversicht) and is a perfect match for the text:

Jesus lives, and so shall I.
Death! thy sting is gone forever!
He who deigned for me to die,
Lives, the bands of death to sever.
He shall raise me from the dust:
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and reigns supreme,
And, his kingdom still remaining,
I shall also be with him,
Ever living, ever reigning.
God has promised: be it must:
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and by his grace,
Vict’ry o’er my passions giving,
I will cleanse my heart and ways,
Ever to his glory living.
Me he raises from the dust.
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, I know full well
Nought from him my heart can sever,
Life nor death nor powers of hell,
Joy nor grief, hence forth forever.
None of all his saints is lost;
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and death is now
But my entrance into glory.
Courage, then, my soul, for thou
Hast a crown of life before thee;
Thou shalt find thy hopes were just;
Jesus is the Christian’s Trust.

Jesus Lives, and So Shall I (organ)


About Chuck Bumgardner

I seek to be a student of the Scriptures — New Testament in particular — and also have a deep love for the praise of God through music in the church. I have at the present time the privilege of overseeing the music and leading the singing in my local church, a ministry which brings me great joy and provides a God-ordained outlet for my musical energies. I've enjoyed serving in music-related areas in the church since high school — some 25 years now — as a vocalist, choir member, choir director, and congregational songleader. In addition to serving as a member — and for a time as an assistant pastor — in various local churches, I've also had the privilege of traveling during my college years to many churches throughout the United States and Canada as part of a vocal ensemble. I hunger to see, both in my own church and beyond, an increased appreciation for the great historic music of the church in which theologically rich texts are wedded to music which provides an appropriate setting for those texts, and through which our affections are turned toward God. I'm also eager to see new contributions to the rich heritage of Christian music which share in the same characteristics.

2 Responses to Hymn Highlights: "Jesus Lives, and So Shall I"

  1. We've loved this hymn for years, and when our first daughter died of leukemia, we sang it at her funeral service. It is a wonderful, apt celebration of Christ's resurrecting power. Thank you for writing about it.

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