"Stand Up Stand Up For Jesus"

2 Corinthians 4: 3-4
But if our gospel be hid,
it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world
hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,
who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

"Stand Up Stand Up For Jesus"

In 1858, a young minister of the Church of the Epiphany, Philadelphia, Reverend Dudley A. Tyng, had preached boldly declaring from the pulpit that to hold anyone in slavery was a sin and should not be practiced. Since most of his congregation owned slaves, their anger aroused and the young minister was asked to resign his charge.

One Sunday at Jayne`s Hall he preached to a huge gathering of five thousand men from the words (Exod. 10: 11): "Go now, ye that are men, and serve the Lord." During the sermon the young preacher remarked, "I must tell my Master's errand, and I would rather that this right arm were amputated at the trunk than that I should come short of my duty to you in delivering God's message." It is said that after the service a thousand of his hearers signed a pledge to yield their lives to God hould come short of my duty to you in delivering God's message."

Ironically, on the following Wednesday he was in a barn, where a mule was working a piece of farm machinery; Mr. Tyng accidentally caught his sleeve on a cogwheel, his arm being dragged into the machine and torn off. Four days later infection developed. As a result of shock and a great loss of blood, Dudley Tyng died on April 19, 1858. On the following Sunday, immediately before his death, he was asked if he desired to send any message to his congregation. He then uttered the memorable words, the last that fell from his lips, "Tell them to stand up for Jesus."

One of his friends, George Duffield, the pastor of Temple Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, was inspired by this last message to write the well-known hymn, "Stand up, stand up for Jesus!" which he read to the congregation after preaching his friends`s funeral sermon the next Sunday. One verse of the original hymn, now omitted, had special reference to Mr. Tyng`s tragic death:

Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
each soldier to his post;
Close up the broken column
And shout throughout the host;
Make up the loss so heavy
In those that still remain;
And prove to all around you
That death itself is gain.

George Duffield was born Sept. 11, 1818 in Carisle, PA
Graduated from Yale College in 1837
Died in Bloomfield, NJ on July6, 1888
A preacher of the gospel for 48 years.

The music for the hymn was written by George J. Webb

Jesus Is Coming Again

The song as we know it today:

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 shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

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.

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 those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

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