Tuesday, April 3
Scripture for the Day: Colossians 4
Tony Campolo was (perhaps still is) fond of quoting a black preacher friend who, when preaching on the difficulties and tragedies of life, would proclaim, “It’s Friday—but Sunday’s coming!!! It’s Friday—but Sunday’s coming!!!”
What we call Good Friday, the crucifixion and burial of Christ, was without a doubt, the darkest day in the history of humankind—the low point in all of eternity. But three days later, the day we celebrate as Easter Sunday, Christ arose gloriously from the grave, triumphing over Satan, and providing eternal and earthly hope for all who would receive.
Though we stumble and fall; though we suffer emotionally and physically; though we walk through valleys; though we experience dark days spiritually, we can declare with Campolo, the black preacher, and most of all the Apostle Paul (I Cor. 15)—“IT’S FRIDAY BUT SUNDAY’S COMING!!!”
Up from the grave he arose;
With a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Dr. Harley Atkinson, Professor of Christian Education; Christian Education Department Chair
We thank you Lord for going through the darkness of sin and death for us. We can never thank you enough. We praise you for the Resurrection and the light of Easter and for giving us the hope of eternal life with you!! We worship at your feet. Amen.