Sunday is Easter, Resurrection Sunday, the day that we remember that our Lord Jesus Christ defeated death. The good news is that as Christians we can celebrate Easter every Sunday, and, why not, every day, because He is alive.
A very popular hymn for this season is “Christ Arose” or “Low in the Grave He Lay.” This glorious hymn was written and composed by Robert Lowry. Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, March 12, 1826. He had a talent for music and he played several instrument from an early age. He became a pastor in a church in Philadelphia. He wrote this text in 1874 and was published in a Sunday school songbook edited by Lowry and William Doane in 1875, Brightest and Best. The hymn was used by Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey in their revivals in Great Britain, and was widely popular in America as well.
It is very interesting with the difference between the verses and the refrain. The verses are normally sang in a slow tempo, showing the suffering, passion and death of Jesus Christ. The refrain, on the other hand, changes into a fast tempo, painting a glorious picture of this resurrected Lord.
The next time you sing this loved hymn (and do not wait until Easter season to do it), sing it with all your might and strength.
1 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 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!
2 Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
3 Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
In His service,