In discussing how participation in Christ’s death brings resurrection life Karl Barth writes something very interesting that I thought I’d share (from The Epistle to the Romans, 159 on Rom. 5.6):

“Neither the personality of Jesus, nor the ‘Christ idea’, nor the Sermon on the Mount, nor His miracles of healing, nor His trust in God, nor His love of His brethren, nor His demand for repentance, nor His message of forgiveness, nor His attack on tradition, nor His call to poverty and discipleship; neither the implications of His Gospel for social life or for the life of the individual, nor the eschatological or the immediate aspects of His teaching concerning the Kingdom of God—none of these things exist in their own right. Everything shines in the light of His death, illuminated by it.”

Barth is claiming that without the death of Christ his life means something altogether different. How do you feel about this quote? How do you feel about this much emphasis on his death (remember, Barth is not separating it from resurrection since that is the context in which this quote finds itself)?