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Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

  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 life 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.
  5. 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.
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Scripture Reference
Acts 2:24, Isaiah 25:6-9, John 6:51, Hosea 13:14, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
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