[another excerpt from Brad Jersak’s A More Christlike God]
Yes, Christ is powerless to save, since he’s been crucified to control and coercion. At his temptation he rejected any use of ‘the right hand of power’ to fulfill his mission.
Yes, Christ is mighty to save, since his love is a power far greater than force: the left-handed scepter of enduring mercy….
Only in terms of the Cross is any adequate response [to human affliction] possible. Only in the cruciform God can we truly affirm that God is Love without denying our own capacity for sin, or closing our eyes to the suffering of the world.
– Brad Jersak, A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel(2015)