Sunday Is Coming!

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. —Luke 15:10 Good Friday is a somber, reflective day when we contemplate what Jesus did for us. Good Friday is a day that reflects our lives when things are hard and sorrowful. Imagine how the disciples felt as they fled in fear and sorrow after witnessing the crucifixion.

S.M. Lockridge (1913-2000) was a prominent African-American preacher who preached a powerful message titled It’s Friday but Sunday is Coming. One passage reads:

 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’!

And that’s why people are deeply moved by the Easter story. The story didn’t end on Friday. The hope of the Resurrection after a Good Friday propels people to the Lord.

The hope of redemption and restoration are what the Easter story is about.

I still recall with joy a recent Easter weekend when, beginning with Good Friday, we saw hundreds of people come to the Lord. I wish you could have stood with me at the front of the church after each service looking into the faces of those who were just coming into the Kingdom of God. The tears, the weeping, the humility and tenderness of the hearts—it is a supernatural experience to behold.

One of the most precious sights was the little girl, ten years old, who waited for some time after the service to talk to me. When it was her turn, she came up with tears streaming down her precious little face saying, "Pastor Ray, I felt so moved today, and I just wanted the Father to be proud of me for standing up for Jesus." I reached down and hugged her and said, "You just made my Easter."

Many parents came down the aisle with children, and sometimes you didn’t know who was bringing whom! All ages were represented, and I thank God for all of them.

As we observe Good Friday, remember the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus. Surrender your heart; let it be tender and grateful.

But remember, Sunday is coming, and like that little ten-year-old girl, we can stand up for Jesus and let the Father be proud.

And celebrate!

Sunday is coming!

He Is Risen!

 

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley