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March 29, 2013

JACKIE DAVIS: The Amazing Love of Good Friday

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.”

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