The first verse of the hymn "Because He Lives" begins with "God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus; He came to love, heal and forgive." The stanza ends with "He lived and died to buy my pardon; an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives."
The chorus of the hymn is sung after each verse. The words of the chorus are "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."
The second verse of the hymn is about children. It says, "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."
The third verse, about life after death, is "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."
This hymn, written in 1971 by Bill and Gloria Gaither, is found in the hymnals of many Christian denominations, including Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran churches. The couple are Christian songwriters and members of the Bill Gaither Trio.