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

Peter P. Bilhorn, 1889.

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

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

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?