A famous sermon by Pastor S.M. Lockridge always comes to my mind this time of year. Clips of the sermon titled "It's Friday, but Sunday's coming," are found on the internet. I am always inspired by his eloquence, and by the message. Sunday IS coming, and we will gather to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The resurrection of Jesus is that supernatural act of God that raised the beaten, bloodied body of Jesus to new life. The resurrection explains the cross, and the cross helps us to understand the story of redemption told throughout all of Scripture. By the cross and the resurrection, we can see that the storyline of the Bible points us to Jesus. The entire Bible gives testimony to Christ, sometimes in shadows, in whispers; sometimes boldly, in vivid detail.
While we do celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus every week, I think it is good to take special note of the beauty and significance of the resurrection, as we will this Sunday.
Some of us will gather at 7:30 for our Sunrise Service and we will worship together with a few familiar songs and, as the darkness gives way to light, we will consider the impact of the resurrection from 1 Cor. 15. Hopefully, even more of us will then gather together at 10:15 for our weekly gathering. We will sing more songs, pray, read Scripture, recite together an ancient creed of our faith, and consider the Resurrection from Luke 24.
I am really looking forward to us reciting aloud together the words of the angels:
“Why do you seek the living One among the dead?
He is not here, but He has risen."
Then, we'll say together,
"Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed!"
Brothers and Sisters, Sunday's coming, and I am looking forward to being with the church and worshipping our Triune God together.