Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 4, 2015

April 4, 2015 “Sunday’s On the Way”

 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Matthew 27: 59-60)

Good Morning Everyone!

During the Lenten season, at the church I am serving in Tampa, Florida, we have been presenting a series of messages entitled “By My Hand…For My Sake.” Each Sunday, someone associated with Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross has been dramatized, allowing those worshiping to empathize more deeply with each one in a more personal way. Adam, Nicodemus, Barabbas, Judas, Pilate, The Centurion, and Peter have all been portrayed. Tomorrow, it will be Mary Magdalene that we consider.

There is one other seminal figure that will not be portrayed, yet who, apart from Jesus Christ himself, was most affected by the power of the cross…Satan! Some years ago, Christian recording artist Carmen Licciardello, wrote and recorded a song called “Sunday’s On The Way”, that portrays Satan on the phone with the Grave after the crucifixion. Here is a part of that song:

The demons were planning on having a party one night.
They got beer, Jack Daniels, and pretzels,
There was red wine, some white.
They were celebratin how they crucified Christ on that tree.
But Satan, the snake himself, wasn’t so at ease.
Well, he took his crooked finger,
And he dialed the phone by his bed,
To call an old faithful friend, who’d know for sure if he was dead.
“He said grave grave tell me did my plan fail?”
Grave just laughed and said ah man, “The dude is dead as nails.”
*chorus*
On Friday night, they crucified the Lord at calvary,
But he said, “Don’t dread, in three days I’m gonna live again,
You’ll see! “
When problems try to bury you, make it hard to pray,
It may seem like Friday, but Sunday’s on the way!

In your life, you may be going through times of great testing and trial. Jesus’ disciples were devastated by the reality of the crucifixion. They knew he was dead and buried, and all hope had left their aching hearts. Ah, but while it seemed like Friday night, Jesus had already indicated to them that “Sunday’s On The Way!”

On Friday Night, they crucified the Lord at Calvary,
But He said, “Don’t dread, in three days, I’m gonna live again, you’ll see.”
When problems try to bury you and make it hard to pray,
It may seem like Friday night, but Sunday’s on the way!

O Lord God; Even the grave could not hold you. You crushed the serpent’s head with resurrection power. I lay my burden down before you, majestic risen Lord, and join in the declaration “It may seem like Friday night, but Sunday’s on the way”! Amen!

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