Good Friday, dear friends. For the past week or so I’ve been seeking the Lord for a powerful message for today. And yesterday it magically appeared…in my Inbox! I realize I shouldn’t be surprised by anything God does, but when He answered my prayers through email, I must admit, I was a little giddy. I was even giddier when James Watkins, “author, speaker, threat to society” gave me permission to reprint it here. This post appeared at his awesome HopeAndHumor.org site and I’m honored that he’s allowing me to share it with you. I hope you’re as blessed as I was by it. Thank you, Jim.
‘It’s Sunday,’ but Jesus is Comin’ by James Watkins
Author Tony Campoloâs most famous message declares, âItâs Friday, but Sundayâs Cominâ.â But what happens when itâs Sunday and weâre still facing death and despair?
Jesus has been unjustly charged and condemned to die. Itâs Friday, but Sundayâs cominâ. The religious and political tyrants have stopped his rebellious message. Itâs Friday, but Sundayâs cominâ. He has been brutally beaten, stripped, and nailed to a cross. Itâs Friday, but Sundayâs cominâ. Christ is sealed in a tomb, his dead body guarded by Roman soldiers. Itâs Friday, but Sundayâs cominâ.
The message builds to a powerful conclusion when the pastor simply shouts, âItâs Friday!â and the congregation responds, âBut Sundayâs cominâ.”
But . . .
Itâs Sunday in the United States and 4,000 unborn children will be aborted tomorrow. One out of four children will be sexually or physically abused. Five thousand teens will attempt suicide; thirteen will succeed. Sixteen young adults will be murdered. More thanÂ two thousand unmarried teens will get pregnant.
Itâs Sunday in the United States and this weekend, five thousand parents will tell their children theyâre divorcing. One out of every twenty adults will not have a job to go to tomorrow. More than 85,000 people will die. Out of that number, 17,000 will die of some kind of cancer.
It may be Easter Sunday, but throughout the world, people in the pews are still dealing with the effects of abuse and divorce, crime and violence, life-threatening diseases, unemployment or âunder employment,â depression, and grief from a the loss of a loved one.
In fact, holidays have a way of compounding a sense of loss. Perhaps there will be one fewerÂ person at Easter dinner because of a death or divorce. Maybe there is less on the table because of financial pressures.
âItâs Friday, but Sundayâs comin’â is not always comforting. But thatâs only half of the story of Christ. The Bibleâs book of RevelationÂ chapter 19Â provides the rest of the promise:
Itâs Sunday, but Jesus is coming!
Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.
Itâs Sunday. Environmentalists warn of âglobal warming,â acid rain, depletion of the ozone layer, and carcinogens in our food, but Jesus is coming!
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth . . .
Itâs Sunday. Political unrest and corruption affectÂ virtually every country. Christians are oppressed, persecuted, and executed by ungodly governments, but Jesus is coming!
With justice he judges and makes war. . . . On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Itâs Sunday. Today, two billion people throughout the world will go to bed hungry. Millions throughout the world are suffering from abuse and illness. Many more millions are grieving the loss of loved ones, but Jesus is coming!
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.
Itâs Sunday. Unfortunately the actual celebration of Easter may distract us from the very Christ we honor by practicing for cantatas, buying new clothes, and preparing Sunday dinners, but Jesus is coming!
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, âNow the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be will be with them and be their God.
This certainly doesnât mean we shut our eyes to the suffering around us. God commands us to do everything in our human power to relieve suffering and to work for justice for all.
But the good news of Easter goes beyond âItâs Friday, but Sundayâs cominâ.â
Itâs Sunday, but Jesus is coming!
Copyright Â© 1995 James N. Watkins
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