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I had thought of those two. But like I said, I'm not sure they point to a primary motivation. As I think about it, I am not sure God *can* have one motivation higher than another. It would be like asking which God has more of, mercy or love. So maybe the question should be changed. Can God or Christ be something or express something more than another? It seems to me that if God expresses something, anything at all, He does it full volume, as it were. D.John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
1 John 3:16 - By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us.
I like that. The more I study thinks like the Creation account or Revelation, the more I realize that it's all about Him. He is always the focus. D.In the end it seems that the primary motivation of Christ's death was love for the Father and the primary motivation of the Father was love for the Son. They're pointing at each other and they do it for the world to find a true fully human relationship.