And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay (Matthew 28:5-6).
Happy Easter 2012!
Up From the Grave He Arose is my favorite Easter song, having it first sang at the Highland Parker Baptist Church as a very young boy. This hymn is so full of the good news it is almost a shame it is not sang more often. While we are cleansed by the blood of Christ, His resurrection was absolutely necessary for the God’s redemptive plan to be complete and to conquer death for us. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain (1 Cor 15:14). And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable (1 Cor 15:17-19).
Because of Christ resurrection, Christians have the assurance of resurrection, and without this life’s corruption. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power (1 Cor 15:42-43).
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15-54:57).
Because of Christ’s resurrection we look forward to the blessed hope of Christ’s return. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thes 4:14-17).
The lyrics and music of Up From the Grave He Arose (originally known as Low in the Grave He Lay) were written by renowned hymnist and Baptist preacher Robert Lowry in 1874. While Lowry wrote about 500 hymns, Up From the Grave He Arose is among his best, along with Nothing But the Blood, are his best known and worthy of remembrance.
Chorus: Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er 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!
Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!