Staying with our Easter hymns…
BECAUSE HE LIVES written in 1971
Bill and Gloria Gaither became household names of many Christians during the 1980s and 90s. I daresay there is not a Southern Gospel Music fan who has not heard at least one song written by the Gaithers. This song was written by them during a tough time in our culture…
The late 1960s were dark days for Bill and Gloria; both were struggling with health problems, and Gloria was pregnant with their third child. The world around them was swirling with news of the Vietnam war, civil unrest, the drug culture, and violence in the streets. Was this any kind of world in which to raise a family?
On one New year’s Eve, discouraged and concerned, they can remember praying and looking for signs of hope. A few months later, in the Spring, Bill walked out of his office to inspect a newly paved parking area for the building in which he worked. Construction workers had covered it with several layers of asphalt. Bill was satisfied with the job they did, but as he turned to go back inside, he noticed a tiny blade of grass poking through the layers of rock and tar… to find its way to the sunlight.
In early summer, their baby was born… and when they brought their child home, they wrote this hymn of joy… remembering that blade of grass that prospered even in a hostile environment. More importantly, they remembered that their baby could indeed face uncertain days because Christ lives.
The first verse of this hymn is a presentation of the gospel of Christ, reminding us of His death, burial, and resurrection. In the second verse, we see the life of a new baby and sense the assurance that Christ alone can give. The third verse serves as a reminder that even death is ultimately powerless because He lives.
Read this hymn, and – today – find the certainty you need for today in Jesus.
God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus, He came to love, heal and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon, an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
Because He lives I can face tomorrow. Because He lives all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives
How sweet to hold a newborn baby, and feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance: this child can face uncertain day because He lives.
And then one day I’ll cross the river; I’ll fight life’s final war with pain.
And then, as death gives way to vict’ry, I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns.