Christ Is Alive

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Brian Wren

Lyrics as Poetry

Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.
The cross stands empty to the sky.
Let streets and homes with praises ring.
Love, drowned in death, shall never die.

Christ is alive! No longer bound
to distant years in Palestine,
but saving, healing, here and now,
and touching every place and time.

In every insult, rift and war,
where color, scorn or wealth divide,
Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,
and lives, where even hope has died.

Women and men, in age and youth,
can feel the Spirit, hear the call,
and find the way, the life, the truth,
revealed in Jesus, freed for all.

Christ is alive, and comes to bring
good news to this and every age,
till earth and sky and ocean ring
with joy, with justice, love and praise.

Words by
Brian WrenCopyright © 1989 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Copyright © 1989 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Comments About Song

from his book “Piece Together Praise” (p 50):

“April 1968, revised 1978, 1989, 1993. Ten days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the congregation I served as minister, Hockley and Hawkwell Congregational [now United Reformed] Church, Essex, met to celebrate Easter. I tried to express Easter hope out of that terrible event, in words which could be more widely applied, and wrote ‘Christ is Alive!’ because our available hymns spoke of Easter as a glorious event long ago, far away, and high above. Revisions keep the original theme (the risen Christ shares yet outlasts our suffering, making Easter good news for all) while searching for better language than the command-and-control vocabulary of the original. The 1993 revision added the stanza, ‘Women and men, in age and youth’ etc., affirming that the life and love of God are ‘revealed in Jesus, freed for all.'”

Piece Together Praise
(A Theological Journey)
is co-published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA
(for USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand)Stainer & Bell, Limited
London, England
(for all other countries)

Scripture References

  • Isaiah 11:9
  • Matthew 28:2
  • Mark 1:14-20
  • Mark 16:19
  • Luke 12:50
  • Luke 24:23
  • John 14:6
  • John 20:2
  • Acts 1:1-3
  • Acts 2:17
  • Colossians 1:24
  • Colossians 3:1
  • Hebrews 4:15
  • Revelation 1:18

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