We love the cross.
It is at the cross of Calvary that the sins of the world were put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is the cross that answers the question, "What can I do about my sin?"
The mercy of God is manifested in the person and work of Jesus Christ.... but probably in no greater single event than the cross.
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. (1 Corinthians 1:17).
There is power in the cross. The Power of God to save sinners. The power of God to change lives. The power of God to inpart life. But it would all be for nothing if it were not for the Ressurection. Pay close attention to the words of the Apostle Paul as he writes about the Resurrection:
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:13-17)
Brethren, as we consider the events leading up to the cross this Friday and on into this weekend, let us not forget the Ressurection.