As you look at your life, what are some days that you would consider calling “Glorious Days”? If you think of your time as a student, would it be the day you graduated high school or college? If you think of your single years, would it be the day you fell in love with your soul mate? If you’re married, would it be your wedding day? If you’re a parent, would it be the day you became a dad or a mom? If you think of the times when you were unemployed, would it be the day you landed your dream job? Scottish theologian and author William Barclay said, “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”  

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”

William Barclay

I propose that there are several “Glorious Days” in the past that have an impact on us today and give us our glorious days in the present. It was a Glorious Day when Jesus, the Son of God, came into this world. We choose to celebrate His birth at Christmas. Good Friday is the day when we remember His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins. And oh, Glorious Day, Easter Sunday is the day we mark on our calendars as a reminder that Jesus rose from the dead. Actually, every Sunday is a day when Christians all over the world gather together for public worship to remember that Jesus rose again.  

About 110 years ago, a famous evangelist and pastor, J. Wilbur Chapman, wrote a hymn called “One Day.” What is unique about this hymn is that the chorus is a summary of all five verses.

Living, He loved me; 
Dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely, for ever:
One day He’s coming – O glorious day!

It was a Glorious Day when Jesus came into the world!

It was a Glorious Day when Jesus died for my sins!

It was a Glorious Day when Jesus arose from the dead!

It will be a Glorious Day when Jesus returns from heaven!

What does all of this mean to me?  

Life can be filled with such monotony, such sorrow and suffering, and hopelessness. Many are turning to all kinds of “crutches” or “self-medications” or “escapes” to rescue them from their pain – alcohol, drugs, immorality, gambling, overspending – only to find that the hangover, the STD, the crushing debt makes them feel worse than before they tried to medicate their pain. 

The Easter story is ultimately about changed lives – ordinary people transformed forever by the mercy of a Cross and the victory of an Empty Tomb. If you will begin to seek God in your life, you will soon discover that He has been seeking you all along. It is a glorious moment in your life when you realize that you can have a living relationship with the living God. This is different from religion. This is being born into God’s family – becoming His child. Your most Glorious Day is when you receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.

Glorious Day — When I receive Jesus as my Savior

As a church, we want to encourage you and inspire you to grow closer to God this Easter and to spend time together with your family. We will have the meaningful Good Friday service at noon. We also will have a family fun time with a HUGE Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, for the kids (10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), along with a bounce castle, face painting, animal balloons, and Grandpop Bubbles making 20-foot soap bubbles, plus enough bubble wands for two dozen children to make their own soap bubbles. Come make a family memory!  

Easter Presentation – Glorious Day

“Glorious Day,” our Easter video and musical presentation, will be an unforgettable spiritual experience on Easter Sunday morning, April 21, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Come and experience the joy of worshipping the God who loves you.  

Author: Scott Wendal

Scott Wendal is the founding and lead Pastor of Valley Forge Baptist in Collegeville, PA. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, in 1981. After completing a three-year internship in Fairfax, Virginia, Pastor Wendal came to the Valley Forge area in July 1984 to begin Valley Forge Baptist. Pastor Wendal and his wife, Jodie, have five children.