IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! From Ordinary to Extraordinary

To the casual observer there was nothing unusual about these six hours.

To the casual observer this Friday was a normal Friday. Six hours of routine. Six hours of the expected.

Six hours. One Friday.

Six hours filled with, as are all hours, the mystery of life.

God is on a cross. The creator of the universe is being executed.

Spit and blood are caked to his cheeks, and his lips are cracked and swollen. Thorns rip his scalp. His lungs scream with pain. His legs knot with cramps. Taut nerves threaten to snap as pain twangs her morbid melody. Yet, death is not ready. And there is no one to save him, for he is sacrificing himself.

It is no normal six hours…it is no normal Friday.

A witness could not help but ask: Jesus, do you give no thought to saving yourself? What keeps you there? What holds you to the cross? Nails don’t hold gods to trees. What makes you stay?

Six hours. One Friday.

Those six hours were no normal six hours. They were the most critical hours in history. For during those six hours on that Friday, God embedded in the earth three anchor points sturdy enough to withstand any hurricane. (Excerpts from “Six Hours One Friday” by Max Lucado)

I read Max’s book several years ago.  It’s good. You ought to get it.  He reminds us  of the true meaning of the cross.  Of Jesus’ crucifixion. Of how extraordinary those six hours really were.  How they changed the course of human history.  Forever!

They also remind me that there are really no ordinary days.  Friday or otherwise.  God’s hand is in all.  God’s alive. Working.  Watching. Willing.  Making His presence felt.  Carrying out His purpose.  Waiting on those who will come to the cross. 

But none of that is possible without Sunday.  On Sunday we see accomplishment.  Attainment.  Victory!  Now those six-hours make sense!  Friday was not futile!  Friday was not fruitless! Friday was not a failure!  Friday’s frustrations gave way to Sunday’s fulfillment!

I need to remember that when Friday doesn’t make any sense. I need to remember that Sunday’s coming!

Oh, and the three anchor points?  Come back next Friday!  I promise you they will withstand any storm!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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4 responses to “IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! From Ordinary to Extraordinary

  1. Terri Griggs

    Wonderful article – and I have Max Lucado’s book Six Hours one Friday and several of his other books as well which I also read several years back. I want to thank you for the reminder – and a fresh way to look at Friday’s horrific trial under which Jesus suffered for me (us). Thank you!

  2. Valerie Castleman

    Very deep analysis and heart- wrenching facts about those six hours; every Sunday, during our communion with our Savior, it would do us good to remember not only His death, but just as importantantly, His Sunday morning resurrection! I am inspired to get Max Lucado’s book. Thanks again, Ken for the great faith- building article.

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