Christ Jesus Lay In Deaths Strong Bands
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 hallelujah. Hallelujah!
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. Hallelujah!
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. Hallelujah!
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. Hallelujah!
Then let us feast this joyful day
on Christ, the bread of heaven;
the Word of grace hath 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. Hallelujah!