"How could anyone imagine that Christianity is about sin rather than the forgiveness of sin? How could anyone look at the cross and see only the shame of what we did to Christ rather than the glory of what he did for us? The prodigal had to 'come to himself' (acknowledge his self-centredness) before he could 'come to his father.' The humiliation of penitence was necessary before the joy of reconciliation. There would be no ring, no robe, no kiss, no feast if he had remained in the far country or returned impenitent. A guilty conscience is a great blessing, but only if it drives us to come home."
The Cross of Christ