Because He Lives

This early song from the contemporary Christian music genre was written by American singer/songwriters Gloria and William J. (Bill) Gaither - and has been performed by David Crowder, Matt Maher and others.

It is copyright © 1971 William J. Gaither, Inc and was awarded the GMA Dove Awards Song of the Year in 1974.

Sheet music is available from various sources - some links below.

With meter with refrain, the tune is called RESURRECTION (Gaither).


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Performance by the Gaither band:

American church choir:

Singer with piano-led band, professional recording:

Contemporary / piano-led backing band:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website, presumably under license.

The song has three verses, each with four lines, and a four-line chorus which is repeated after each verse.   A rough outline is:
1 God sent His Son - they called Him Jesus ...

Chorus: Because He lives I can face tomorrow ... just because He lives.

2 How sweet to hold a newborn baby ...

3 And then one day I'll cross the river ...

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1 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 Saviour 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!

2 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 days because He Lives!

3 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 victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!

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