A dragonfly taps lightly on the window pane drawing my attention away from the computer screen. To the corner of the double sheets of glass, a bee buzzes anxiously around my crape myrtle. Down below, daylilies and gladiolas push through the dark soil seeking a ray of light. Birds are singing. Butterflies are fluttering.
The time of revival and resurrection has come. The long night of winter is over. A new day has dawned bringing new life with it.
How ironic my surroundings are to me as I observe them. On one side of my home, sits my church and in the front yard, three crosses stand tall and proud reminding me of the sacrifice made. On the other side, lies a cemetery, suggesting that life is but a vapor. And here I sit, in the middle, pondering the significance of what happened between the Cross and the Grave.
Between the Cross and the Grave-Jesus was stripped of His garments, so that I could be clothed in His salvation and righteousness.
“Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. They said therefore among themselves, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,’ that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: ‘They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.’ Therefore the soldiers did these things.” (John 19:23-24, NKJV)
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10, NKJV)
Between the Cross and the Grave-Jesus gave up His family, so that I could join the family of God.
“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
(John 19:26-27, NKJV)
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26, KJV)
Between the Cross and the Grave-Jesus became thirsty, so that I would never thirst again.
“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, ‘I thirst.’ Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.”
(John 19:28-29, KJV)
“‘He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38, NKJV)
“‘but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.’” (John4:14, NKJV)
“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17, KJV)
“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
(Revelation 21:6, KJV)
Between the Cross and the Grave-Jesus died so that I might live.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, ‘It is finished’: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30, KJV)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”
(John 6:47, NKJV)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, NKJV)
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (1 John 5:11, NKJV)
Between the Cross and the Grave-Jesus, the Word of God was pierced so that the Word could pierce my heart.
“But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” (John 19:34, NKJV)
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)
Forever, washing me and making me clean.
“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” (Ephesians 5:26, KJV)
“not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
(Titus 3:5-7, NKJV)
Between the Cross and the Grave-He was placed in a tomb to give me victory over death, hell, and the grave.
“Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.” (John 19:41-42, NKJV)
“He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:8, NKJV)
“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57, KJV)
His death and resurrection gave me life!
Between the Cross and the Grave, the battle for my soul was fought. Between the Cross and the Grave, Jesus forever redeemed me, giving of Himself so that I could have that which I do not deserve.
So, I will live with the determination to bring Him glory and honor. Praising Him always for His love and mercy. Sharing the message of His redeeming grace. While I reside here, between the Cross and the Grave.
“Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.”
(Psalm 63:4, KJV)