I really enjoyed yesterday. It was Easter Sunday–a day that can embody all the best of faith and family. Plus, the weather was great. Two of my three kids were able to come back home and enjoy a great dinner together with an extra friend. It was just a really good day. Church was very nice. Somehow songs about the resurrection took on a whole new significance.
The pastor referred to Dr. Tony Campolo and his, now classic, sermon. My daughter wasn’t aware of the message so it gave me an excuse to look it up so I could send her a link. It is truly a great message. Toward the end, Tony shared his memories of preaching at a “preach off” at an African-American church. One of the preachers did a 90 minutes focused on one phrase. He would describe the followers of Christ in various stages of despair seeing Jesus on the cross. Then the pastor would say, but they didn’t know. “It’s Friday but Sunday’s a comin'”.
It also made me remember the opening line of a sermon I heard about this time over thirty years ago. “The problem with many Christians is that they are living on the wrong side of Easter.”
You see, before the resurrection, it’s a little easier to understand how some people can tend to give up hope. I can’t really imagine what that first Good Friday must have felt like. Not knowing what would occur in two short days, it’s understandable that they would feel that all was lost.
However, the sadder truth, is that so often knowing what already did happen on the first Resurrection Day, we can fall into old patterns of despair and disillusionment or just distraction and drifting through life.
I woke up this morning thinking about both of those older sermons and reminded myself that even though it is Monday, Sunday’s not coming. It already came. I don’t need to wait for the power of the resurrection in my life, I need to live in it. Continue Reading…