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Jesus Christ, my sure defense

And my Savior, now is living!

Knowing this, my confidence

Rests upon the hope he’s giving,

Though the night of death be fraught

Still with many an anxious thought.

Jesus, my Redeemer, lives;

I, too, unto life shall waken.

Endless joy my Savior gives;

Shall my courage, then, be shaken?

Shall I fear, or could the head

Rise and leave his members dead?

No, too closely am I bound

Unto him by hope forever;

Faith’s strong hand the rock has found,

Grasped it, and will leave it never.

Even death now cannot part

From its Lord the trusting heart.

I am flesh and must return

Unto dust, whence I am taken;

But by faith I now discern

That from death I shall awaken

With my Savior to abide

In his glory, at his side.

Glorified, I shall anew

With this flesh then be enshrouded;

In this body I shall view

God, my Lord, with eyes unclouded;

In this flesh I then shall see

Jesus Christ eternally.

(CW 167:1–5)

(Albrecht, G. Jerome ; Albrecht, Michael J.: Matthew. Milwaukee, Wis. : Northwestern Pub. House, 1996 (The People’s Bible), S. 438)

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