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"Why Should I Worship a Dead Jew?"


This 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. Mr. Ackley's answer to this searching question, ultimately prompted the writing of this popular gospel hymn, He Lives.


The 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 countless thousands.


He Lives (1933)

(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

Eternal hallelujahs

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.


I Know the Redeemer! I once was lost but now I'm found. You can be too!

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