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Sunday is coming!
By Dave Frodsham, lead elder, Jubilee Church Wirral
As Easter approaches and I reflect on the end of lockdown I see some similarities in how I feel and respond towards it.
There is a famous preach by S . M. Lockridge called “It’s Friday but Sunday is coming”.
We can only imagine what the disciples must have felt on that Friday when Jesus died on the cross. The darkness that came as he died was not only evident to the disciples but for all the people.
Luke tells us “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, because the sun was obscured; (Luke 23:44-45)” For three hours, from noon to 3pm, the land was engulfed in darkness. It was mysterious. It was unexplained, confusing and possibly frightening. Many of the things we may have experienced over the lockdown period.
Although Jesus had told the disciples that he would go to Jerusalem and be arrested and put to death, I don’t think they were prepared for what happened. I know you can never really be fully prepared for the death of a loved one but the disciples had given up everything to follow Jesus. They had seen Him do miraculous things and even raise their friend Lazarus from the dead but was Jesus really coming back, able to resurrect Himself. It’s Friday but Sunday is coming.
We have been faced with much uncertainty over the last few months and perhaps stretching back over the last year but we see the first light of the coming new day. We may have lost or lost out on many things over the last year; time with loved ones, friends, colleagues. We may have lost jobs, money and opportunities but what we have not lost is the certainty that Christ has defeated sin on that Friday hanging on a cross and defeats death rising on the Sunday. It’s Friday but Sunday is coming.
So on this Good Friday reflect back over the last year. What have you lost or lost out on and think about the promise that the Resurrection brings. The promise of new life and hope that can never be defeated and that difficult times can bring us closer to God. On Sunday we’re reminded that as the daylight broke, the Son arose! The light of the world was alive! Our enemy was defeated and death was overcome! Luke 24:5” Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”
Yes it is Friday but Sunday is coming…
Dave Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral
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