In John 11 we read that Jesus’ friend, LAZARUS was DEAD.
When Jesus called him from the tomb,
Lazarus was BOUND with GRAVECLOTHES
and Jesus commanded:
“LOOSE HIM and let him go”
Did Lazarus later desire to return to the grave? Did he prefer his graveclothes?
No way! We find Lazarus fellowshipping with Jesus, seated with Him at the table.
In Numbers 14:3-4
we read that after ISRAEL was miraculously delivered from bondage in Egypt,
they experienced great evidence of God’s protection and provision.
However, they were SAVED but they were NOT SATISFIED.
They hankered after the leeks, the garlic and the onions
and the life they had left behind.
They lived a ‘BETWEEN LIFE’.
They had been delivered from bondage and death,
but they had not entered into their new life of freedom and the providence of their God.
Romans 6:3-5 says that we DIED with Christ, and that IF we died with Him,
we also ROSE with Him and we SHARE His resurrection life.
2 Corinthians 5:21
He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, to be sin for us,
that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
In other words, we have been LOOSED from our GRAVECLOTHES.
We have been loosed from sin and the bonds of death.
We now walk in GRACECLOTHES
because He TOOK our sin and GAVE us His righteousness.
We share in His resurrection life
– not because of anything we have done,
but because of the finished work of Christ in securing our eternal redemption.
DO WE EXPERIENCE A “BETWEEN” LIFE?
Do we live BETWEEN Egypt and Canaan –
with fleshly desires, hankering after the things of the world?
Do we live BETWEEN Good Friday and Easter Sunday –
the cross and the empty tomb?
Do we believe in the cross, and even believe that Christ rose from the dead –
but fail to walk in newness of life? Are we powerless instead of conqueror?
Do we live BETWEEN the empty tomb and fellowship with the risen Christ?
Are we still clothed with GRAVECLOTHES – evidence of our old, sinful nature –
or do we wear the GRACECLOTHES provided by Christ.
Do we “put off” the old
and “put on” the new
Do we fellowship with Him, drawing strength from Him,
discovering His will for our lives, living in His presence and following Him?
2 Corinthians 5:17
IF anyone is in Christ he IS a new creation.
Old things HAVE PASSED AWAY.
Behold, ALL things HAVE BECOME NEW.
Note: There is NO “BETWEEN” It is “IF . . . Then”
It is “IF we are in Christ . . . THEN the old is GONE and ALL is NEW”
No in between!
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek those things which are above, where Christ is,
sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above,
not on things on the earth,
For YOU DIED
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
O my Saviour, lifted from the earth for me,
Draw me, in Thy mercy, nearer unto Thee.
Lift my earth-bound longings, fix them Lord above;
Draw me with the magnet of Thy mighty love.