The cross is the surest, truest and deepest window on the very heart and character of the living and loving God; the more we learn about the cross in all its historical and theological dimensions, the more we discover about the One in whose image we are made and hence about our own vocation to be the cross-bearing people, the people in whose lives and service the living God is made known. And when therefore we speak…of shaping our world, we do not – we dare not – simply treat the cross as the thing that saves us “personally,” but which can be left behind when we get on with the job. The task of shaping our world is best understood as the redemptive task of bring the achievement of the cross to bear on the world, and in that task the methods, as well as the message, must be cross-shaped through and through.
N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was And Is, 2nd ed. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2015): pp. 94-95. ISBN: 978-0-8308-3696-3.