The Worship Quote of the Week for (04/02/2002):

"Jesu Lives and So Shall I"
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is one of my favorite Easter hymns. It addresses
the important question, "How is life (my life, your life) different because
of the resurrection of Jesus?" The 18th-century Lutheran poet is Christian

Jesus lebt, mit ihm auch ich;
Tod, wo sind nun deine Schrecken?
Jesus lebt und wird auch mich
Von den Toten auferwecken.
Er verklärt mich in sein Licht:
Dies ist meine Zuversicht.

Just kidding! Here it is in a wonderful English translation by Philip
Schaff (1819-1893).

Jesus lives, and so shall I.
Death! thy sting is gone forever!
He who deigned for me to die,
Lives, the bands of death to sever.
He shall raise me from the dust:
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and reigns supreme,
And, his kingdom still remaining,
I shall also be with him,
Ever living, ever reigning.
God has promised: be it must:
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and by his grace,
Vict'ry o'er my passions giving,
I will cleanse my heart and ways,
Ever to his glory living.
Me he raises from the dust.
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, I know full well
Naught from him my heart can sever,
Life nor death nor powers of hell,
Joy nor grief, hence forth forever.
None of all his saints is lost;
Jesus is my Hope and Trust.

Jesus lives, and death is now
But my entrance into glory.
Courage, then, my soul, for thou
Hast a crown of life before thee;
Thou shalt find thy hopes were just;
Jesus is the Christian's Trust.

—Christian F. Gellert (1715-1769), translation by Philip Schaff

[The same author wrote, "Live as you will have wished to live when you
are dying."]

For more information about the poet go to:

The original German text can be found at:

If you would like to hear the music played on the MIDI piano (ZUVERSICHT
by Johann Crüger, 1653), take a look at:

I prefer this text sung to the tune ZUVERSICHT by Johann Crüger (1653),
but there is another setting by John B. Dykes (1823-1876). You can hear it

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Have a great week!

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky