When my cousin Joan first heard the hymn “Christ Arose” sung by her two-year-old daughter Lena, the words didn’t quite make sense. When she asked Lena about them, she explained, “Daddy taught me the song.” Then she belted out another chorus of “UP from the GRAVY a ROSE!”
After Lena’s daddy re-translated the words, Joan understood the deeper significance of the hymn. But perhaps her toddler’s version is also powerfully descriptive!
Low in the grave He lay, Jesus, my Savior!
Waiting the coming day, Jesus, my Lord!
Vainly they watched His bed, Jesus my Savior!
Vainly they sealed the dead, Jesus my Lord!
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!
“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee; ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” (Luke 24:6-7)