This is a classic sermon! Here it is for us to enjoy again that I got from this link: http://www.gulftel.com/friendship/ico15s1.htm
I Corinthians 15:1-4
It’s Friday! But Sunday’s a Coming!
Dr. Tony Campolo tells the story of a little preaching competition that he had with his pastor during services at the church where he attends. Dr. Campolo tells how he preached the perfect sermon, perfect in every way. He had taken the congregation to the heights of glory. And as he sat down beside his pastor, Dr. Campolo patted him on the knee and simply said, "Top that." The older black pastor looked at him and said, "Boy, watch the master."
It was a simple sermon, starting softly, building in volume and intensity until the entire congregation was completely involved, repeating the phrases in unison. The sermon went something like this.
It’s Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden where He was praying. But Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. The disciples are hiding and Peter’s denying that he knows the Lord. But Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. Jesus is standing before the high priest of Israel, silent as a lamb before the slaughter. But Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. Jesus is beaten, mocked, and spit upon. But Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. Those Roman soldiers are flogging our Lord with a leather scourge that has bits of bones and glass and metal, tearing at his flesh. But Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. The Son of man stands firm as they press the crown of thorns down into his brow. But Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. See Him walking to Calvary, the blood dripping from His body. See the cross crashing down on His back as He stumbles beneath the load. It’s Friday; but Sunday’s a coming.
It’s Friday. See those Roman soldiers driving the nails into the feet and hands of my Lord. Hear my Jesus cry, Father, forgive them. It’s Friday; but Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, bloody and dying. But Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. The sky grows dark, the earth begins to tremble, and He who knew no sin became sin for us. Holy God who will not abide with sin pours out His wrath on that perfect sacrificial lamb who cries out, "My God, My God. Why hast thou forsaken me?" What a horrible cry. But Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. And at the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil of the Temple that separates sinful man from Holy God was torn from the top to the bottom because Sunday’s coming.
It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, heaven is weeping and hell is partying. But that’s because it’s Friday, and they don’t know it, but Sunday’s a coming.
And on that horrible day 2000 years ago, Jesus the Christ, the Lord of glory, the only begotten Son of God, the only perfect man died on the cross of Calvary. Satan thought that he had won the victory. Surely he had destroyed the Son of God. Finally he had disproved the prophecy God had uttered in the Garden and the one who was to crush his head had been destroyed. But that was Friday.
Now it’s Sunday. And just about dawn on that first day of the week, there was a great earthquake. But that wasn’t the only thing that was shaking because now it’s Sunday. And the angel of the Lord is coming down out of heaven and rolling the stone away from the door of the tomb. Yes, it’s Sunday, and the angel of the Lord is sitting on that stone and the guards posted at the tomb to keep the body from disappearing were shaking in their boots because it’s Sunday, and the lamb that was silent before the slaughter is now the resurrected lion from the tribe of Judah, for He is not here, the angel says. He is risen indeed.
It’s Sunday, and the crucified/resurrected Christ has defeated death, hell, sin and the grave. It’s Sunday. And now everything has changed. It’s the age of grace, God’s grace poured out on all who would look to that crucified lamb of Calvary. Grace freely given to all who would believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary was buried and rose again. All because it’s Sunday.
The apostle Paul tells us three very important facts in this passage of Scripture. First, he says that Jesus Christ died for our sins. He didn’t die because He was guilty in any way. He took the punishment for your sin and for mine. Second, Paul says that Christ was buried. Many argue that Jesus merely fainted from lack of blood, but the fact that his own followers buried him in the tomb indicates the absolute reality of his death. But friend, hear this. He didn’t stay in that tomb, because on Sunday morning bright and early the Father in Heaven looked down and said, "Arise, my love. The grave no longer has a hold on you." Jesus rose from the dead. The verb tense Paul uses here is the perfect tense which in the Greek stresses an action that has occurred in the past but that has abiding results. And action–Jesus rose from the dead. The results–He remains alive right now. But more than that, He lives in my life, and he can live in yours as well because it’s Sunday. And the Lord of Glory is standing at the door of your heart knocking. He says to you, if you will invite me to come in and be Lord and Savior of your life, I will forgive all your sin. I’ll wipe the slate clean. The King of kings is standing at the door of your heart, knocking. He says if you will invite me to come in and be your Lord and Savior I will deliver you from the power of sin — no longer will you be in bondage to Satan doing the things you know you shouldn’t do. The Son of God is standing at the door of your heart knocking. He says if you will invite me to come in and be your Lord and Savior, I will give you an inheritance. I will make you an heir to heaven itself. In my Father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you I will come again to receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also. He’s coming again. All because it’s Sunday and the Lamb of Calvary did not stay in the tomb. He is risen and He lives forevermore.
(By the way, Dr. Campolo was forced to admit defeat at the hands of his beloved pastor.)
Today is Friday. BUT SUNDAY’S COMIN’!
Have a wonderful Good Friday as you recall what our Savior did for us.