We declare unto you glad tidings.@Acts 13:32
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Peter P. Bilhorn (1865–1936)

Pe­ter P. Bil­horn, 1889.

Black Hills Pe­ter P. Bil­horn, 1889 (🔊 pdf nwc).

When [Dwight] Moo­dy was first called to preach a fun­er­al ser­mon, he searched the Bi­ble to find where Jesus had preached ser­mons of that kind. In­stead of find­ing one, he found that Je­sus had turned ev­ery fun­er­al He at­tend­ed from a time of mourn­ing to one of re­joic­ing, for He said, I am the Res­ur­rec­tion and the Life. Mr. Moo­dy in re­ferr­ing to this said, Is it not good news? which sug­gest­ed the words of this hymn.

Peter Bil­horn

Jesus died for you and me,
Is it not good news?
Now there’s pardon full and free,
Is it not good news?
On the cross our sins He bore,
That on Heav’n’s eternal shore,
We might live forevermore,
Is it not good news?

It is finished, Jesus said,
Is it not good news?
Sin and death are captive led,
Is it not good news?
In the grave our Savior laid,
And the last great tribute paid,
Free the sacrifice He made,
Is it not good news?

From the grave the Savior rose,
Is it not good news?
Gained the victory o’er His foes,
Is it not good news?
Christ the law did satisfy,
Christ ascended up on high,
We shall meet Him by and by,
Is it not good news?

Now He pleads for us on high,
Is it not good news?
Pleads that we may never die,
Is it not good news?
Soon He’ll come to claim His own,
All who trust in Him alone,
We shall gather round His throne,
Is it not good news?