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The prophet Job, speaking of his hope in a future Redeemer who would save his body and soul from death, said “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.” (Job 19:25). The bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead is absolutely vital to the Christian faith. Paul addresses this when he says “if Christ has not been raised ... your faith is vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:14) It is vital not only because we look to Jesus’ resurrection as the guarantee that He has the power to raise us from the dead, but also because of His present ministry to us. This song reminds us of many facets of Jesus’ ministry, that is, what He is doing now with His resurrected life for us. Jesus lives to comfort, bless, and love us, plead for us, be our companion and friend, to prepare a place for us to be with Him, and ultimately to one day save us from our own death. How can we respond to such a gracious and glorious ministry towards us? “He lives, and while He lives I'll sing, ‘Jesus, my Prophet, Priest, and King!’”


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Verse 1:
I know that my Redeemer lives:
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives again, who once was dead;
He lives, my everlasting Head.

He lives, triumphant from the grave;
He lives, eternally to save;
He lives, all glorious in the sky;
He lives, exalted there on high.

Verse 2:
He lives to bless me with His love,
And still He pleads for me above:
He lives to raise me from the grave,
And then eternally to save.

Verse 3:
He lives, my kind, wise, constant Friend;
To hold and keep me till the end;
He lives, and while He lives I'll sing,
"Jesus, my Prophet, Priest, and King!"

Verse 4:
He lives my mansion to prepare;
And He will bring me safely there;
He lives, all glory to His name!
Jesus, unchangeably the same!

Words by Samuel Medley (1738-99) & David L. Ward. Music by David L. Ward.
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