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The *robe* is the next gift of Easter. In exchange for our garments of sin, Jesus gave us his robe of seamless perfection, a symbol of the righteousness that gives us access to God's presence. Jesus broke the sin barrier that separated us from God at the moment of his death; and in a dramatic confirmation of this fact, the curtain in the temple that closed off the Holy of Holies was torn in two from top to bottom.
The *cross* was a gift from God. It provides us with two kinds of sanctification. *Positional sanctification* is Christ's work *for* us, crediting us with the achievement of Jesus' sacrifice. *Progressive sanctification* is Christ's work *in* us, making us more like him. We can't be more saved th...
The final gift of Easter is the *empty grave clothes.* God took a token of tragedy and turned it into a symbol of triumph. We all face tragedy and hardships, but the promise of the empty grave clothes is that God is always at work to bring victory and new life, even from the rags of death.