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 light from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
and sing to God right thankfully
loud songs of hallelujah.
2 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
that death is swallowed up by death;
his sting is lost forever.
3 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 doth mark our door;
faith points to it, death passes o'er,
and Satan cannot harm us.
4 So let us keep the festival
whereto the Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the Joy of all,
the Sun that warms and lights us.
By His grace He doth impart
eternal sunshine to the heart;
the night of sin is ended.
Source: Hymns to the Living God #182
|First Line:||Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands|
|German Title:||Christ lag in Todesbanden|
|Author:||Martin Luther (1524)|