should I worship a dead Jew?”
challenging question 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.
Ackley’s answer to this searching question, ultimately prompted the
writing of this popular gospel hymn, He Lives.
composer answered his inquirer: 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
Ackley’s forthright, emphatic answer, together with his subsequent
successful effort to win the man for Christ, flowered forth into song
and crystallized into a convincing sermon in hymn on He Lives!
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
(1) I serve a risen Savior,
He's 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
He's always near.
(2) He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
he walks with me and talks with me
along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
(3) In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading
through all the stormy blast
The day of His appearing
will come at last.
(4) Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
lift up your voice and sing
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.