St.George's Anglican Church
Cambridge Bay (Ikaluktutiak), NU
Diocese of the Arctic
Parish of Cambridge Bay
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Sermon for Good Friday 21 March 2008 Cambridge Bay
It's Friday, but Sunday is a coming.
It's Friday. Mary, Jesus' mother is crying her eyes out.  That's her son up there on the cross.  He's dying the agonizing death of crucifixion as a criminal.  But it's only Friday, Sunday is a coming.
The apostles were really down and out.  Jesus, their leader, was being killed by evil men. But it is only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.
The Devil thought he had won.  “You thought you could outwit me,” he said, “but I've got you now”'  But it is only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.
It's Friday and evil has triumphed over good.  Jesus is dying up there on the cross. The world is turned upside down.  This shouldn't happen.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.
It's Friday.  But Sunday is coming.  Mary Magdalene was out of her mind with grief.  Her Lord was being killed.  Jesus had turned her life from sin to grace.  Now he was dead. But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.
The disciples, the sisters and the brothers, are suffering.  It just isn't fair...all they have to go through, but it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

The Pharisees, they thought they had won.  They got rid of that trouble maker teacher.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

Pontius Pilate, he was worried.  He thought he had pleased the people.  He thought he had done what was right.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

John the Baptist was dead.  Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, had killed him.  John the Baptist died so that Salome could please her mother Herodius.  John was an innocent man but now he was out of the way, and today, so was his silly miracle maker leader.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.
Jesus had silenced the Sadducees when they had tried to trick him, he had given them the great commandment, but now they could go back to the Mosaic commandments.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

The people who Jesus drove out of the temple for selling temple money and unnecessary sacrificial items were rejoicing, they could come back with impunity.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

Judas Iscariot had his money.  He could go away a rich man.  He had delivered the Son of Man unto the Chief Priests.  He had done his duty.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

Poor Peter.  He had denied his master three times before the cock crew.  He could not forgive himself, but he still could not own up as a disciple.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

Even worse for Peter, he could not have stayed awake for even that one hour while Jesus prayed, and the master had berated him.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

Caiaphas, the high priest of the day, he was rejoicing because he had judged Jesus guilty of blasphemy and the penalty was death.  It had been carried out.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

Poor sad Judas, he tried to give back the 30 pieces of silver, and he tried to right his wrong.  He had given his innocent master up for blood money.  He hanged himself.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

The blood money went to buy the Potters field so there would be a place to bury strangers, the goyim.  After all, one cannot bury strangers with faithful people, the church leaders all knew that.  God would not let that happen.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

Barabbas, the criminal, was free.  The crowd had saved him, but Jesus was to die instead.  Was he doomed or free?  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

Pilate was satisfied.  He had physically and spiritually washed his hands of the matter.  He was innocent of the death of Jesus.  His role would be forgotten. No one would ever remember him in connection with Jesus’ death.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

And the people had cried out, “His blood be on us and our children.”  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

The soldiers had mocked him.  They had put the purple cloak on him and the crown of thorns on his head.  They had hailed him king of the Jews.  And they were joyful.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.
Jesus had borne his cross as far as his human body would carry it.  Simon of Cyrene had been pressed into service to carry it the rest of the way.  But it's only Friday. Sunday is a coming
The two robbers hung next to him.  One asked for forgiveness and the other taunted him.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

The veil in the temple over the tabernacle in the holy of holies was rent in half.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

The sky got dark.  The ground shook.  Jesus gave up his spirit.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

The Passover was coming.  He had to be buried.  Was he dead?  Yes, the spear pierced his side and water and blood came forth.  He could be taken down and buried.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.
He needed a tomb.  Joseph of Arimathea, a good and wise man, begged the body from Pilate.  Jesus was placed in an unused tomb.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

A great stone was placed in front of it so his followers could not steal the body.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

The Pharisees had a guard of soldiers placed by the tomb and the rock sealed.  No way they could steal the body of that dead troublemaker.  But it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming.

Friday passed.  Sabbath Saturday passed.  The first day of the week came.  As the two Mary’s would go to the tomb,  but today, it's only Friday.  Sunday is a coming

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