It might be one of the most famous Easter sermons of our generation. I first heard it in the mid-80’s on a mission ship called the MV Logos. This spitting preacher named Tony Campolo was working himself into a frenzy in imitating a black Pentecostal preacher. We took it all onboard [literally] and we were quoting lines from his sermon for months. It went something like this:
“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’. It was Friday, and my Jesus is dead on a tree. But that’s Friday, and Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, Mary’s crying her eyes out, the disciples are running in every direction like sheep without a shepherd. But that’s Friday, and Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, some are looking at the world and saying, “As things have been, so they shall be. You can’t change nothing in this world! You can’t change nothing in this world!” But they didn’t know that it was only Friday, and Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, them forces that oppress the poor and keep people down, them forces that destroy people, the forces in control now, them forces that are gonna rule, they don’t know it’s only Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, people are saying, “Darkness is gonna rule the world, sadness is gonna be everywhere,” but they don’t know it’s only Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’. Even though this world is rotten, as it is right now, we know it’s only Friday. But Sunday’s a comin’. “
[I stole this text from my friend Bob Beltz who has published an article this week called “Whats So Good About Good Friday?”]
Does anyone have the original video? Why not publish some highlights on youtube and let us know. In the meantime, Tony’s sermon goes on today. Some people have turned the theme into a video. Its not Tony, and its polished to a shine that not everyone will appreciate, but here it is . .