Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Evangelicalism is often called a “cross-centered faith.” But as such, the resurrection has been largely regarded as a confirmation of what th e cross achieved, or as proof of life after death. Both are indeed true, but if we regard the resurrection as simply a kind of certificate of authenticity for the atonement, or sterling evidence for life beyond the grave, we have sold the resurrection short. If our gospel begins and ends on Good Friday, it is impoverished. If our gospel reduces the resurrection to a footnote, it is not telling the full story of the Easter message. We must remember that the cross and resurrection form an indissoluble unity, for the cross without the resurrection is just martyrdom. But together, they constitute the message of the gospel and the hope of mankind.