EASTER SUNDAY

Hello all,
 
“Today is Friday, but Sunday is a comin’!  Today is Friday, but Sunday is a comin’!”  .
 
As a kid, I heard a sermon illustration about a well respected black pastor who shared a message with this theme. “Today is Friday, but a Sunday is a comin’!”  With his deep and strong raspy voice, full of emotion and passion, he would repeat this over and over throughout his Good Friday message.  The atmosphere in the congregation changed throughout his message as well, first with a few quiet “amens” and soonafter “preach it pastor” and “hallelujahs” with hands raised in affirmation!  Why?  In expectation and anticipation of imagining the point of Easter (and our Christian faith), that on Sunday death is overcome in victory and JESUS IS RISEN! 
 
I don’t want to slight what Christ did for us on Friday, in willingly giving His life for us, and in such a gruesome Roman crucifixion.  (Does Mel Gibson’s Passion portrayel come to mind for you too?)  I DO want us to remember and thank Jesus for His gracious act of atonement for our transgressions, but with this in mind, remember that Sunday is a comin’ too!  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life!  This life is in our living Jesus, who left the grave empty on Sunday morning!    
 
Today is Friday, but Sunday is a comin’!  Can I get an “amen”?  A hallelujah?  
 
We don’t have a Good Friday service today at LIFT, but Sunday is a comin’ and we have prepared a special Easter service at our normal time and location (10am at Vorstadt 30, Zug) with the Easter Message shared in three parts throughout songs of worship.  We will also have the Lord’s Supper/Communion.  I hope you can join us in worship of our Risen Savior!
 
In His grip and grace,
 
Corey
 
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A few verses to consider this Easter weekend:    
 
“Today is Friday”……..
 
Matthew 27:22-23 
22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

Matt 27:50
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

Mark 15:12-20
12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.
13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.
14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

Luke 23:38-46
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

“But Sunday is a comin’!”
 
Matt 28:5-7
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 

Mark 16:1-7
16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” 
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'” 

Luke 24:1-8
24:1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7’The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'” 8 Then they remembered his words. 
 
 
And to consider the rest of the days of your life too?

John 3:16-17
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 20:29-31
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

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