Tuesday, April 10, 2007

How Important is the Cross?

How important is the death of Jesus Christ? Is the cross more important than the resurrection?

Before Good Friday, someone told me that they didn't like all of the attention on Jesus' death because it detracted from His resurrection. Is that true? No, it isn't!

The death of Jesus is just as important as His resurrection from the dead. Let me ask you: which one of your legs is more important - the right one or the left one? The correct answer is neither of them. They're both of equal importance! Without the cross, there could be no resurrection. They're two sides of the same coin. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 makes it clear that both the death and resurrection are part of the Gospel - "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures," and "He rose again from the dead on the third day." The right leg is just as important as the left.

Jim Boice has some good comments.


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