"What do you think is more important than the Cross?"
The resurrection, maybe?
I responded there, but I thought I would write a bit more here. This is a common theme that comes up today - that we shouldn't focus so much on the Cross and Good Friday (what a downer!) - after all the big, big thing is Easter!
Well... here's the thing. What does Paul focus on? The Cross. For God shows His love for us in this; that while we were yet sinners Christ... *died* for us. Paul is determined to know nothing among us but Christ and Him... *Crucified*.
Even John - For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son - gave... where... how? Gave Him over to death -- that's a Crucifixion reference. Or when Jesus shows Himself even after the resurrection, what does He do? He points to His hands, His side - to the marks of His Crucifixion.
Or to think about it this way:
The Crucifixion is the battle.
The Resurrection is the victory parade.
I love the victory parade. The victory parade is a great and good thing - and it's going to go on forever. But the battle that brings victory