April 22 – Sunday’s Coming!

Posted on April 22, 2011

Marshall L. Shepard, Senior Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, once preached a very famous sermon (adapted and popularized by Tony Campolo) entitled, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Comin’!” In this powerful message, Shepard talked about how awful things looked to Jesus’ followers on Friday evening after the crucifixion. They were discouraged, frightened, despondent, confused, hopeless, and probably even a little angry. After all, this Jesus–the one in whom they had placed their hope and trust and had grown to deeply love–had suffered through gruesome and humiliating torture and abuse and had died a very public criminal’s death. Yes, on Friday evening it seemed all was lost.

Little did they know that the coming Sunday morning would change everything. They were so caught up in their own grief and massive disappointment that they had forgotten that Jesus had told them all of this would happen, but that He would rise from the dead! The tyranny of their present darkness forced them deeper into themselves and further from the hope of their Master.

Perhaps as you read these words, you are facing your own Friday evening. Right now you may find yourself in a situation that has caused you to become discouraged, frightened, despondent, confused, hopeless, and maybe even angry. Angry at God, angry at the world, angry with yourself. You’re in a pit with no ladder and you see no light at the top. It seems certain that all is irrevocably lost.

Your marriage is on the rocks, or even ended. You’ve lost your job and have no prospects and your savings is depleted. You’ve received word that a loved one has a terminal disease. A friend was killed in a random crime. Your friend is addicted to drugs. You found out your child has been abused. The bank has served notice that they are foreclosing on your treasured home. Life is miserable, and there are no signs of it changing any time soon.

Friend, you may not have the strength to accept this, but all is NOT lost! There IS hope! You see, what Jesus’ friends and followers didn’t realize on the first Good Friday was that Easter was only 36 hours away! God HAD to allow the events of that horrible Friday to occur so that we could be saved, because He LOVES us! Yes, at the time, it was the worst day of their lives, and some may even have been contemplating suicide. It was Friday… but Sunday was coming!

Whatever you’re facing in this Friday of your life, if Jesus Christ is Your Savior and Lord, be encouraged–Sunday’s coming! God’s Word tells us that sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)! This suffering will only last for a little while–it WILL end (1 Peter 1:6) and does not begin to compare with the glory we’ll experience throughout all eternity (Romans 8:18)! Set your heart on Christ, not on your present troubles, because when Christ appears, you will appear with Him in glory (Colossians 3:1-4)! The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Remember these words of David from Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

It may be Friday…

But Sunday IS coming!

In HIM,

Scott

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