Today's encouragement comes from Galatians 6:14, which says this:
"But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
When it is all said and done, the one thing we must always do is cling to Christ (and receive His blood atonement accomplished on the cross). On Sundays we celebrate—on the New Covenant Sabbaths—the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But without Christ's death, the resurrection would be meaningless. And with-out the resurrection, the cross would be empty and void. To the praise and honor of God, the church has *both* wonders to admire: that the Son of God would die for us unworthy sinners; and that He would come out of the tomb for the justification of us enormously-blessed believers.
[Puritan quote of the day: "True believers are saved even though they lack assurance.” —Thomas Brooks, in, "Heaven on Earth"]