“God’s grace – that is, God’s blessings in Christ toward helpless sinners who deserve only his curse – is the only reason Christ tasted death for us. Nothing we could do could cause or compel God to love us enough to send his Son to die for us…

All we can “do” is fall on our faces, bankrupt before him, and receive grace from his almighty, holy, and loving hand while we acknowledge that none of this would be happening were it not for the historical fact that Jesus, “because of the suffering of death” (Heb. 2:9), tasted the full bitterness of the death we deserved.” (p. 219)
Jerry Bridges – The Great Exchange