“In the cross of Christ, as in a magnificent theater, the inestimable goodness of God is displayed before the whole world. In all the creatures, indeed, both high and low, the glory of God shines.
But nowhere has God’s glory shone more brightly than in the cross, in which there has been an astonishing change of things, the condemnation of all men has been manifested, sin has been blotted out, salvation has been restored to men.
In short, the whole world has been renewed, and every thing restored to good order.”
–John Calvin, Commentary on the Gospel According to John, trans. William Pringle (London: Calvin Translation Society, 1847; repr. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981), 2:73.