Apologies regarding the Easter sermon. Another person, with the best of intentions, stopped the recording and I didn’t realize what happened until the end of the service. So here is a summary of what you missed.
The preaching of the cross is foolishness/folly to those who perish but to those of us being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18) Paul wrote in Galatians 6 that we have nothing to brag or boast about apart from the cross of Christ. How can we brag about what seems to be the final and greatest defeat of the leader we follow? The cross looks like the end and even many of Jesus’ closest followers thought so. But that was his purpose for coming into the world. The crucifixion was God’s plan. At Calvary is where heaven touches the earth, building the only path/doorway/bridge by which we can approach God.
And of course the cross was not the end. On the third day the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. Jesus is risen and lives forever more. He is seated at the right hand of God where he ever lives to make intercession. Serving in humility doesn’t look like “winning” to the world but they have always had their winning and losing backwards. The wicked appear to prosper and their is pleasure in sin for a season. But the one who loses his life for the sake of Christ and the gospel will save it. When we stand before God on the day of judgement he will determine who the winners and the losers are.