From Leander Keck’s Who Is Jesus?:

Frederic_Edwin_Church_-_Vision_of_the_Cross_-_Google_Art_ProjectEaster did not displace the cross. To the contrary it is precisely Easter that forbids Christian theology from so emphasizing the life and teaching of Jesus that the cross becomes a tragedy that broke off a splendid life of love and self-giving; rather, Easter requires Christian theology to keep pondering the meaning of the cross for its understanding of both Jesus and the God he trusted. In short, if God validated and vindicated precisely the Jesus who was executed on Golgotha, then he remains the fractured prism through which one sees into that mysterious Reality called “God.”