The cross of Christ is the event in which God makes known his holiness and his love simultaneously, in one event, in an absolute manner. The cross is the only place where the loving, forgiving, merciful God is revealed in such a way that we perceive that his holiness and his love are equally infinite. In fact, the objective aspect of the atonement may be summed up thus: it consists in the combination of inflexible righteousness, with its penalties, and transcendent love.
-John Stott, quoting G.C. Berkouwer, in The Cross of Christ (2006), p. 131