Today is Good Friday. We call it "good" because it's not a stand alone event. If it weren't for the resurrection on what we call Easter Sunday, there would be nothing "good" about Friday.
So today while we reflect on the death of Jesus, we know that we do not grieve as those who have no hope. No, we experience the pain and sorrow of loss, but we do so much differently than the rest of the world, or at least we should. Why? Because Jesus has defeated death.
Tony Campolo will forever be known for preaching a sermon entitled It's Friday But Sunday's Coming! Let's remember that this is now the way we are to view the world.
We live in a Good Friday world, but Easter Sunday is coming, even now it's breaking in.
This Sunday morning we will be celebrating this mysterious reality of resurrection as we conclude our Lent to Easter 2015 series with The God Who Raises The Dead.
Dead is dead. Whether it be in the ancient world or in modern times, when people die they stay dead. But as we’ve learned in this series, God turns the ways of the world upside down and inside out. Easter Sunday is the quintessential expression of God’s wisdom and power to do the unexpected and the impossible. He is the God who raises the dead!
In this final message, I'll lead us through the discovery of the empty tomb, to seeing Jesus transformed and exalted, to hearing the apostle Paul insist that our faith is futile without the resurrection. This happy morning we’re all being invited to participate in the resurrection. What did it mean in the first century? And what difference does it make today?
I hope you will join us for this special time of worship.
He has risen!