There’s a difference between knowing information about someone, and actually knowing them. Many of us know a lot of information about famous figures, but we don’t really know what they’re like because we’ve never met them.
It can be the same with God. We could have lots of information about God without ever knowing who God is. To know who God is, we have to meet God where he wants to be found: in Jesus Christ, and him crucified. God doesn’t need you to have all your theology worked out and all the right information about God. God wants you to know him through this event.
The cross isn’t the first level of knowledge about God from which we graduate to deeper things. It is the place where God shows himself fully to us. On the cross we find God embracing humanity even in our brokenness. We find a God who is not afraid to take on suffering, pain and death, in order to rescue us from our own sin and death.
As we focus on Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, may knowing God in this way open our lives up so that we see ourselves as God sees us. You may be imperfect and sinful. You may make a mess of things with alarming regularity. But you are incredibly, unbelievably, deeply loved – so much that God died, for you.