THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
(Text by Chris Anderson; Tune by Richard A. Nichols)
Were Christ’s body lifeless still,
Were His last act to be killed,
Then our faith would be in vain—
None would ever hope again.
But He rose up from the dead,
Just as sacred Scriptures said.
He who died now lives again;
So shall all who trust in Him!
Were our Savior in the ground,
Had the corpse of Christ been found,
We would still be dead in sin—
Grace be vanquished, Satan win.
Were our Jesus in the grave,
Were entombed His pow’r to save,
Foolish saints would only see
Misery and mockery.
Had the second Adam failed,
Had life lost and death prevailed,
There would be no endless life—
Neither crown nor paradise.
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(by Chris Anderson)
“The Resurrection of Christ” is a meditation on 1 Corinthians 15, where Paul argues for the resurrection by posing hypothetical scenarios about life without the resurrection. The stanzas consider the hopelessness of life if Christ hadn’t risen, setting up the celebratory refrain, which rejoices in the triumph of Christ. The refrain embodies the classic gospel summary from 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: we believe “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”
May this anthem exalt our risen Savior and encourage His church!