"It's Friday... but Sunday's coming!"
It’s early in the year, 2020. We are in the season of Lent, a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock Our country and its citizens appear to be totally divided, putting the United States in total disarray. There is continued conflict within the United Methodist Church as the possibility of a division this Spring looms as an imminent probability (See the letter from Bishop Bard in this newsletter).
I write this letter to you this morning because I grieve over unloving comments that are made on the issues, both worldly and Spiritual, that divide us; words that don’t solve anything, words that, I believe, just intensify the stress on everyone. So, as I express what is on my heart, do I have a solution? The words below from a column by Ken Weliever, The Preacherman, may not solve our country’s problems or the issue of the Church, but I ascertain that they can bring peace to our hearts and souls.
This statement was first used in a sermon by S. M. Lockridge (1913-2000), a prominent African-American preacher known for his dynamic, passionate, and fervent sermons. Several years ago author and speaker Tony Campolo was so impressed by Lockridge’s lesson on “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Coming!” that he began to deliver the lesson himself and even wrote a book with that title.
Christians celebrate the cross because the story does not end on that fateful Friday. It does not end at the cross. The irony of the cross is that the very instrument Jesus’ enemies used to defeat Him became His greatest victory. Little did they know when Friday ended what would happen on Sunday. How it would impact the Roman Empire. Change the course of the world’s history. Usher in a new era. And provide for the fallen, sinful human race its greatest hope!
Regardless of what today brings. Regardless of today’s problems. Challenges. Or defeats. Just remember that Sunday’s coming! And that you will enjoy the privilege of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Communing with Him and fellow saints. And beginning a new week with renewed vision, vigor and vitality.
From Dr. Lockridge’s sermon:
It’s Friday. Jesus is praying. Peter’s a sleeping. Judas is betraying. But Sunday’s comin’.
It’s Friday. Pilate’s struggling. The council is conspiring. The crowd is vilifying. They don’t even know That Sunday’s comin’.
It’s Friday. The disciples are running Like sheep without a shepherd. Mary’s crying. Peter is denying. But they don’t know That Sunday’s a comin’.
It’s Friday. The Romans beat my Jesus. They robe him in scarlet. They crown him with thorns. But they don’t know That Sunday’s comin’.
It’s Friday. See Jesus walking to Calvary. His blood dripping. His body stumbling. And his spirit’s burdened. But you see, it’s only Friday. Sunday’s comin’.
It’s Friday. The world’s winning. People are sinning. And evil’s grinning.
It’s Friday. The soldiers nail my Savior’s hands To the cross. They nail my Savior’s feet To the cross. And then they raise him up Next to criminals. It’s Friday. But let me tell you something Sunday’s comin’.
It’s Friday. The disciples are questioning. What has happened to their King. And the Pharisees are celebrating That their scheming Has been achieved. But they don’t know It’s only Friday. Sunday’s comin’.
It’s Friday. He’s hanging on the cross. Feeling forsaken by his Father. Left alone and dying Can nobody save him? Ooooh It’s Friday. But Sunday’s comin’.
It’s Friday. The earth trembles. The sky grows dark. My King yields his spirit. It’s Friday. Hope is lost. Death has won. Sin has conquered. and Satan’s just a laughin’.
It’s Friday. Jesus is buried. A soldier stands guard. And a rock is rolled into place. But it’s Friday. It is only Friday. Sunday is a comin’!
As you live a life of prayer, walking with The Risen Lord, may these words from S. M. Lockridge provide you peace and ammunition to share the good news of salvation with others who are struggling in this World. Always remember, we live in this World, but we are ultimately not of this World.
Pastor Nancy
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