The cross still makes for a good starting place. While we are more apt to want to sing "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" than "The Old Rugged Cross," it is also true that what we might want or prefer is not always what we really need. Some years ago a popular movie about Jesus ran the theatres and the masses raced out to see it. It portrayed the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus with such realism that many wanted to turn their eyes away. However, the truth of the matter is that when we turn our eyes toward Jesus, we inevitably must see what we He went through on the cross for our sakes.
The resurrection is, as the scripture says, the central part of our faith, but there would be no resurrection on Sunday had there not been a crucifixion on Friday. It is a mistake to rush by Friday to get to Sunday. It may be a more pleasure filled place to stand, but unless we truly see and deal with what Jesus did on Friday, we will surely go on living as if sin is not such a big deal. Sin is a big deal. When un-confessed it is the one thing which can separate us from God. Is there any bigger deal?