[Jesus] demonstrated what life looks like for a human being who is in full communion with God. Yet he came to do more than show us this life. He came to be that very life, to lift humanity into his own humanity and do for us what we are unable to do for ourselves. . . . Nailed to the cross of his own creation, he took into his own body and into his divine being the suffering and alienation of all humanity, reconciling God to humanity and humanity to God. . . . On the hard wood of the cross he stretched forth his hands of love in a saving embrace of all.
-Robert E. Webber, Who Gets to Narrate the World? Contending for the Christian Story in an Age of Rivals (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008), 33.