458. Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands

1 Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands,
For our offenses given;
But now at God's right hand He stands
And brings us life from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
And sing to God right thankfully
Loud songs of allelujah!
Alleluia!

2 No son of man could conquer death,
Such mischief sin had wrought us,
No innocence was found on earth,
And therefore death had brought us
Into bondage from of old
And ever grew more strong and bold
And held us as its captive.
Alleluia!

3 Christ Jesus, God's own Son, came down
His people to deliver;
Destroying sin, He took the crown
From death's pale brow forever:
Stripped of pow'r, no more it reigns;
An empty form alone remains;
Its sting is lost forever.
Alleluia!

4 It was a strange and dreadful strife
When life and death contended.
The victory remained with life,
The reign of death was ended.
Holy Scripture plainly saith
Its sting is lost forever.
Alleluia!

5 Here the true Paschal Lamb we see,
Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree--
So strong His love--to save us.
See, His blood now marks our door;
Faith points to it; death passes o'er,
And Satan cannot harm us.
Alleluia!

6 So let us keep the festival
Whereto the Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the Joy of all,
Now His grace to us imparts
Eternal sunshine to our hearts;
The night of sin is ended.
Alleluia!

7 Then let us feast this Easter Day
On Christ, the bread of heaven;
The Word of grace has purged away
The old and evil leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed,
He is our meat and drink indeed;
Faith lives upon no other!
Alleluia!

Text Information
First Line: Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands
Title: Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands
Author: Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Translator: Richard Massie, 1800-87
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 87 87 78 74
Scripture: Acts 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57; 1 Corinthians 5:7; 2 Timothy 1:10
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN
Meter: 87 87 78 74
Key: a minor
Source: Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, Wittenberg, 1524, ed. Johann Walter; Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978 (Setting)



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