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It’s Sunday, but Jesus is Comin’
Author Tony Campolo's most famous message declares, "It's Friday, but Sunday's Comin'." But what happens when
it's Sunday and we're still facing death and despair?
Jesus has been unjustly charged and condemned to die. It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'. The religious and political tyrants
have stopped His rebellous message. It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'. He has been brutally beaten, stripped, and nailed to a cross. It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'. Christ is sealed in a tomb, his dead body guarded by Roman soldiers. It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'.
The message builds to a powerful conclusion when the pastor simply shouts, "It's Friday!" and the congregation responds, "But Sunday's comin'.
But . . .
It's 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. Over two thousand
unmarried teens will get pregnant.
It's Sunday in the United States and this weekend, five thousand parents
will tell their children they're divorcing. One out of every twenty adults will not
job to go to tomorrow. Over 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 "under employment," 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 less person at Easter dinner because of a death or divorce. Maybe there is less
on the table because of financial pressures.
"It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'" is not always comforting. But that's only half of
the story of Christ. The Bible's book of Revelation, chapter 19, provides, as Paul Harvey
would say, "The Rest of the Story."
It's Sunday, but Jesus is coming!
It's Sunday. Environmentalist warn of "global warming," acid rain. depletion of the ozone
layer, and carcinogens in our food, but Jesus is coming!
It's Sunday. Political unrest and corruption affects virtually every country. Christains 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.
It's 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!
It's 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, "Now 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
This certainly doesn't 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 "It's Friday, but Sunday's comin'."
It's Sunday, but Jesus is coming!
Copyright © 1995 James N. Watkins
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