Although we praise our common Lord for all kinds of reasons, we praise and glorify Him above all things for the cross. [Paul] passes over everything else that Christ did for our advantage and consolation and dwells incessantly on the cross. The proof of God’s love, he says, is that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. Then in the following sentence he give us the highest ground for hope: If, when we were alienated from God, we were reconciled to Him by the death of His Son, how much more, not that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life!
~ John Chrysostom (AD 347-407) as quoted in Robert Webber’s Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year, page 99.