How to Live a Sunday Life in a Friday World
Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has everlasting life (John 6:47).
Have you ever heard the sermon “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming”? I was introduced to this masterpiece in high school. That was almost 40 years ago, and I’ve never forgotten the message. I found a recording of this sermon on YouTube delivered by the great S.M. Lockridge. I’ve listened to it literally hundreds of times. I still get goose bumps every time I listen.
The preacher starts softly, “It’s Friday…Jesus is praying…Peter is sleeping…Judas is betraying…but Sunday’s coming.”
“It’s Friday,” he says again, this time a little louder. “The disciples are running like sheep without a shepherd…Mary is crying…Peter is denying…but they don’t know that Sunday’s coming.”
He keeps repeating the phrase. With every turn, that horrible Friday grows darker and more hopeless. The pastor’s final words are stark, emptied of all emotion.
“It’s Friday…Jesus is buried…A soldier stands guard…And a rock is rolled into place.”
Friday ends in the worst possible way, but…
“It’s Friday. It is only Friday.
Sunday is coming!”
With those last three words, the pastor fills that darkest day with light and hope.
If you ever hear this sermon, you will never forget it. To me, it is one of the most powerful evangelistic sermons ever delivered.
Has your dark, hopeless Friday come to an end–the searching, the restlessness, the emptiness, the guilt and shame? Have you found what you were looking for in the person of Jesus Christ? Has he given you new life?
If so, the resurrection story has become your story. Sunday is here for you. As John wrote in his Gospel account, “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has everlasting life” (John 6:47).
You have everlasting life. Let that soak in.
Like Jesus, you’ve walked out of your spiritual tomb fully alive–raised to walk in the newness of life here and now. Sunday has arrived for you!
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