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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Up From the Grave!

By Ken Horn
Apr. 20, 2014

Many beautiful songs about the resurrection of Jesus have been written in the last few decades. These songs can thrill the believer’s heart with their wonderful truths. But for me — and countless others — nothing puts an exclamation point on Easter quite so poignantly as the song “Christ Arose,” with words and music written by Robert Lowry way back in 1874.

These soul-stirring words recount Scripture’s telling of the doleful burial of Jesus, followed by a dramatic interval, then the victorious discovery that He has risen from the dead.

Somber music:
“Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!”

Triumphant music:
“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!”

Last verse:
“Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!”

Once again, voices explode with, “Up from the grave He arose ... !”

There is no dramatic tale to tell about the origins of this song. Just a devout man of God with a God-given impulse. It is said that Lowry, a Baptist minister, was having evening devotions from Luke 24 when he came to verse 6: “He is not here, but is risen.” He was so struck by these words that he walked across the room, sat down at his pump organ, and quickly put the concepts of Luke 24 to anointed music.

This same man also penned words and music for “Shall We Gather at the River?” and “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.” Lowry considered songwriting a sideline. Though he wrote hundreds of songs, he preferred to be known as a preacher. But, even in his lifetime, he gained notoriety as a writer of great hymns.

In “Christ Arose,” Lowry emphasizes Christ’s power with a vivid verb, “He tore the bars away!”

The bars of death have been torn away because Christ arose a Victor over Satan’s dark domain.

Rejoice! Christ arose! Sing it loud!

Ken Horn

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