Why do Christians focus their attention on Jesus’ death when it was really his life’s examples that “saved” us?

Q: Why do Christians focus their attention on Jesus’ death when it was really his life’s examples that “saved” us? Why focus so much on the crucification when it was his life that influenced western society, not death?

A: Your premise couldn’t be more wrong!
Without the crucifixion, Jesus’ human existence would have been essentially pointless, since no matter what else he might have achieved, if Jesus had not died on the cross, we (and all of mankind) would still be eternally and hopelessly enslaved to Satan, sin, and death. In short, knowing what we know (for sure) about God’s plan for our salvation, a Jesus who was never crucified would have been little different than any other man, no matter how well (or for what) he might have been otherwise remembered.

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