Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's Friday but Sunday's Coming

I don’t think any of the opportunities I've had the last dozen or so years to speak on so many different stages to many people in many states compares to the opportunity I had in the mid nineties to be part of an Easter Play we put on in Butler, GA. First Baptist Church of Butler was a small church in a small community but the Easter production was big time. Much bigger than any of us who were part of it. I would compare the professionalism of that production with any church production I have ever seen. My goodness we put in tons of hours and learned tons of lines. We stretched ourselves further than we thought we could be stretched. But to see it come together each year and see the reaction of the crowds that gathered to see it was as rewarding as rewarding can get.

But the bigger thing was the Easter story came alive for the people in the play. It was a spiritual experience to say the least. The story I had read about since childhood became very real because we acted it out. And the truth is, as we move into this Holy weekend, because of that Easter play, I don’t have to read about Good Friday to know what happened. I know the story very well. But I will read the story again anyway. And I encourage you to do the same.

The lesson of Good Friday, by the way, is the greatest lesson in life.

It is the lesson that tells you in the darkest hour of your life, the sun will come up again. It is the lesson that says you will never know real joy until you experience real pain. It is the lesson that says you will never know real happiness until you experience real sadness. It is the lesson that says you will never know hope until you experience hopelessness.

Good Friday reminds us that even in the darkest of times there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

It is the lesson that says we will never know real life until we experience death.

It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming.

Watch this, listen to the words and reflect on life's great truth.


Judy said...

Everyday with the Lord is a new beginning and through Him all things are possible. I thank Him for all the Blessings in my life, my family and good friends.

Happy Easter to all.

Sherry said...

I have been trying to focus, the last 3 days, on the symbolism Spring and Easter are of new life/new beginnings, as I am going through the grieving process of losing my husband this last Christmas season. I have felt so "frozen in time" or as if I was waiting for something, and couldn't move forward. The Spring and Easter seasons have made me understand that the sun will come up and I will begin new life.
This video impacted me profoundly as I watched the suffering of Christ for us and recalled how hard it was to watch my husband's suffering. Christ deserves more than our praise and adoration, but our obedience and our witness to others of the most precious and important truth of the gospel. God loves us more than we could possibly fathom to allow his son to go through not only the horrific physical suffering but the devasting suffering of separation from God.
Praise be to God for salvation and for the love we never deserved but He lavishes on us. Delight in and savor that love, then share it with others as a reflection of Who He is and what He has done and is continuing to do for us. Blessed be the name of Jesus!