[A protective father's instinct…] That is the heavenly Father's deepest impulse toward us. You are the apple of His eye. And anyone who messes with you messes with Him. His protective instincts are most poignantly seen at the cross -- the place where unconditional love and omnipotent power form the amalgam called amazing grace. That's where the Creator stepped between every fallen sinner and the fallen angel, Satan. That's where the Advocate took His stand against the Accuser of the brethren. The Sinless Son of God took the fall for us.
The cross is God's way of saying, "You are worth dying for."
When that life-changing truth penetrates into the deepest place in your heart, it transforms how you think, feel, and live.
-- Mark Batterson in All In