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Are you living in a Friday kind of life? A Friday life where the grief, pain, sorrow, loss, defeat, or despair seems hard and long like the day Jesus was crucified, buried, and dead. That space where all seems lost or gone forever. And memories of belonging, joy, and amazement of the miraculous linger as ghosts haunting the dark of now.
Take heart, dear one – not only are you never alone, unloved, or forgotten – “it’s Friday and Sunday’s coming!”1
Even when it seems like when there’s nothing but Fridays on the horizon, there is hope. Sunday has already come because of Jesus! Let’s read this wonderful passage from Matthew and rejoice together in the unbreakable, unshakable, unmistakable, and undeniable truth contained in it.
Matthew 28:1-9. NLT Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him.
Jesus, the Son of God, the Sun of righteousness rose before the sun on that glorious Sunday almost 2,000 years ago! Nothing or no one could hold Him in that tomb when the time came for His resurrection.
Take heart, dear one – this same Jesus is alive today and every day – no matter the day, time, people, or circumstance in your life. Every day, including today, is the day the Son has overcome death, hell, and the grave for us.
He has come that we might have life and have it to the fullest. A life of love, joy, peace, hope, and faith running over the top, dripping over the edges, and seeping into the cracks where doubt, shame, guilt, and regret try to rise up (see John 10:10).
A Sunday kind of life isn’t reserved for just a few people or for Easter Sunday.
It’s for you. Today.
So take heart and take hold of Jesus, He’s here waiting for you. And remember, He’s always loved you like He did that Sunday, especially on that Friday when He died for you.
For more encouragement, here’s a powerful video about “it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!”
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1quote by Pastor S.M. Lockridge
Written by and copyrighted to Beth Madison, Ph.D., 2022.