Stand Up for Jesus! Ye Soldiers of the Cross!

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss:
From victory unto victory
His army He shall lead,
Till every foe is vanquished,
And Christ is Lord indeed.

This is a very popular hymn sung in almost every Christan gathering. I’ve sung this hymn for so many years and counting, but recently I really got the message behind the hymn. It’s a charge to Christians to arise and stand for Christ. In the book of Psalms, David wrote: “The Lord said unto my Lord, SIt thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” (110:1)

The life of a Christian is as that of a soldier. We are God’s army on earth. Every day we contend with the evils of this world having the sole aim of establishing the Kingdom of God here on earth. One would expect that we raise our guns, axes, cutlass and other weapons of war and battle with non-Christians but this is far from what we are called to do. Even as we are called to battle, we are reminded in Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. (10:4).

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
The trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict
In this His glorious day:
Ye that are men now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.

This hymn was inspired by the last words of Rev. Dudley A. Tyng, where he said, “Tell them, ‘Let us all Stand up for Jesus.'” The hymn was then written by Dr George Duffield Jr. in 1885 and composed by George James Webb.

This hymn should be a reference point to every Christian because it gives a sense of encouragement and purpose. It brings to our remembrance the purpose of our Christian faith and ignites a drive in us to press on regardless of the trials, temptations, fears, disappointments, failures and pains. Our life began when we gave ourselves up for Christ. So the devil is ever against us. In Pauls letter to the church in Ephesus, he charges us to be strong and put on the whole armour of God to be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (6:10-18) He makes it clear the life of a Christian is as that of a soldier, a warrior.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
Stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you,
Ye dare not trust your own:
Put on the gospel armor,
Each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls, or danger,
Be never wanting there.

This is something that every Christian should be reminded of because most of us do not know what is going on. Many feel to be a Christian means just wealth and riches. It’s deeper than that. To be a Christian is to be an army of the Lord. Just as we are children and sons of God so are we in His fleet of armies. It is therefore important that we heed every word He says. We must not be too quick to act but we must be patient to listen for His command and prompt to act when He speaks. We ought not to depend on our own understanding or thought but on the Word of God. It is true that in standing for Christ many will fall but we are counselled in the book of Proverbs not to give up no matter how many times we fall. (24:16) Paul also encourages us to uphold one another in his letter to the church in Galatia. (6:2)

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song:
To him that overcometh
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of Glory
Shall reign eternally.

Whenever I read this last verse it gives me so much boldness and courage. George summed it all up by bringing the battle and the victory together. It is a key reminder that there is a reward, just as is written in the book of Mark that we will be hated by all men but let us endure so that we may be saved in the end.(13:13) The book of James also encourages us that as much as we endure temptation, we will receive the crown of life just as Jesus promised us.(1:12)


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God bless you.

Kingston.

G|E|M

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  1. Chiemela Chike says:

    Yes, the life of a Christian is that of a continuous warfare. We must never lose focus of the mark and at the same time, we must yield to the captain’s command.
    The Lord is the captain of the host, his command we must obey.

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