The Lord’s Resurrection and the Supper of His body and blood, these are the two solemnly specified focal points of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as preached by St. Paul. But is not justification the crux of Paul’s preaching? Yes, but for St. Paul is was precisely the Resurrection in which the justification earned on the Cross was “objectively” and officially published to the world, to be individually appropriated by faith alone: He “was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:25). See also 1 Tim. 3:16, about Christ being “justified in the spirit.” As Lamb of God who went to the Cross bearing all the world’s sins, Christ could be “justified” only of the world’s sins, for He had none of His own!
-Kurt Marquart, “The Church in the Twenty-first Century: Will There Be a Lutheran One?” in All Theology Is Christology: Essays in Honor of David P. Scaer.