He Is Alive

We serve a risen Savior. This fact is uniquely Christian. Our Savior lives! If we know Christ, we can most definitely echo the words of the hymn writer, Alfred H. Ackley, “Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. . . .You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.”

Ackley wrote those words in 1932. He met a Jewish man to whom he began witnessing. But the man resisted the gospel saying, “Why should I worship a dead Jew?”

That statement played on Alfred’s mind as he prepared his Easter Sunday message. Rising early to prepare for the day, Alfred flipped on the radio as he shaved and was astonished to hear a liberal preacher in New York say, “Good morning, its Easter! You know folks it really doesn’t make any difference to me if Christ be risen or not. As far as I am concerned his body could be as dust in some Palestinian tomb. The main thing is His truth goes marching on.”

Alfred wanted to fling the radio across the room. “It’s a lie,” he exclaimed. That morning Alfred preached with great vigor on the reality of Christ’s resurrection, and he did the same at the evening service. But later that night, he was still exercised by the Jewish man’s question and the morning radio sermon. His wife finally said to him, “It’s time you did that which you can do best. Why don’t you write a song about it and maybe you’ll feel better.”

So Alfred went to his study, opened the Bible and reread the resurrection account of Mark’s gospel. Next, he began writing the words and a few minutes later he was at the piano putting it to music. The result is that well known Easter hymn “He Lives.” (Morgan, Robert J. Then Sings My Soul.)

Meditate on the Resurrection of Christ anew. See His hand of mercy. Rejoice that He is the Hope of all who seek Him and the Help of all who find. And that there is none other so loving, so good and kind. And when those times come that your heart grows weary, don’t despair; the day of His appearing will come at last.

He Lives!

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