No! We cannot separate Jesus’ life and ministry from his death and resurrection. God’s saving work was not solely a moment on the cross or a morning at an empty tomb, as crucial and significant as those events are. God’s saving work is found in the whole story of Jesus’ life: from the incarnation and birth all the way through the the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the ascension as Jesus manifested God’s Kingdom and as he called us to join him in that project.
This week's sermon...from Matthew 16:21-28.