The Message of the Cross Leads Beyond It

The cross of Christ is Good News and when we experience something good we have a tendency to want to experience it again.  In fact if it brings us joy and comfort we want to sustain it.  Depending on the depth of joy and comfort we can find ourselves unable to imagine anything better.  When this happens the experience begins to define us to varying degrees.  As Christians we are to varying degrees defined by the cross.  Two questions must be asked.  First, does God want His followers to be defined by the cross?  And if He does, what is the message of the cross?  The message of the cross leads beyond it!