I think the Incarnation is loving. If you're not familiar with the term, Incarnation is a technical theological term for God coming in the flesh in Jesus Christ. The second person of the Trinity actually became a human. The equation goes something like this: 100% God + 100% Man = 100% Jesus. It's a little mind-boggling, but so it goes with God.
And I think that's an incredibly loving thing for God to do.
Here's why: the Incarnation was loving because the Crucifixion was coming.
If God, in Jesus, didn't take on flesh, then no human could be saved. There's an old theological maxim that goes like this: what is not assumed cannot be saved. In other words, God had to become a human to save humans. That's reflected in the passage I preached Sunday - "He had to be made like his brothers" (Heb. 2.17). Another translation says, "It was necessary for Him..."
Beautiful. God became one of us to save us.
The Incarnation was loving because the Crucifixion was coming.