Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Today is Good Friday, a day in which people around the world reflect on when Jesus Christ lay down his life, out of love, for the sins of the world. The crucifixion of Christ at Calvary, in all of its cruelty and brutality, speaks of a “love so amazing, so divine”, that only God could give it. One of the most famous Bible verses in the world is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life.” What makes this Friday ‘good’ is the depth of God’s amazing love.
In his famous sermon entitled “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming,” the late dynamic African American preacher Rev. S.M. Lockridge’s shared with intensity, the story of the events that lead to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In his message, Rev. Lockridge follows each detail of Good Friday with the phrase “it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming” over and over again. The sermon grows in intensity, and passionately he builds the anticipation of Easter Sunday, when death is conquered in the victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Through the years, many pastors have referenced Rev. Lockridge’s message. Some of these have also been featured on television, radio, and the internet. Although I heard Rev. Lockridge’s sermon many years ago on the radio, I was thrilled to see that numerous videos from his famous message have been posted on YouTube. “God has demonstrated His own love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) This verse is dynamically displayed in each of these videos. I encourage you to take a look and give a listen. You will be touched by the music and the emotion. Some of these videos even feature scenes and music from the blockbuster film “The Passion of the Christ.”
Growing up as a P.K (preacher’s kid), the Easter Season was my favorite holiday season. Holy Week had a special significance in my heart, from a tender age, starting with Palm Sunday (the Triumphal Entry), ending with Maundy Thursday, (the Last Supper), Good Friday (the Crucifixion), Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday (the Resurrection).
Our family would often acknowledge Good Friday together during the hours that Christ hung on the cross, with scripture and prayer. When we were very young, my father would sometimes read the story of the crucifixion from a children’s Bible, so that we could grasp its meaning. Every year, that night at church, he would show a movie of the crucifixion and the resurrection, and the room would be filled with a ‘holy hush’ as the church prayed and looked forward to Easter.
In Pittsburgh where I grew up, several churches would unite, and gather at the top of Observatory Hill in Riverview Park for Easter “Sonrise” Service. Sometimes, there were the cool breezes of spring, sometimes the chill of spring snow, but always the celebration of the Savior, and eternal life found in Christ’s resurrection.
This Good Friday, I pray you will embrace the love of God so richly given through His Son, and have a Blessed Easter.
“Amazing love, how can it be, that You my king should die for me? Amazing love, I know it’s true, and it’s my joy to honor you in all I do”—Billy FooteJackie Davis is an Inspirational Vocalist, Musician and Speaker with over twenty years of television broadcast experience. Her column appears on the first, third and fifth Friday of the month. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org