A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to preach to a group of pilgrims visiting the Holy Land. We were at what is known as the Garden Tomb. There situated between the hill called Golgotha, the place of the crucifixion of Jesus, and an empty tomb I presented a message about living between the cross and the resurrection.
Between the cross and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ was a moment of intense testing of the faith of the followers of Jesus. Everything they were seeing and experiencing challenged what they believed. They had the teachings of Jesus concerning His death and resurrection, but the current events were overwhelming.
We see some low spots in the story as Peter, James and John slept through the most intense moment of Jesus’ need for them in the Garden of Gethsemane, all the disciples fled at the arrest of Jesus and Peter denied even the knowledge of Jesus. There are also the bright spots of John who was present at the crucifixion along with Mary the mother of Jesus and other women who were His followers.