We actually seriously believe that the cross made any difference as to how God sees humanity.
I submit to you that God had always held our interest close to his heart.
What the cross did was to allow God to be captured by man who vented his anger at God.
After venting this anger against God, man began to see that it was himself that had fashioned God into his image. A religion.
Paul calls that a veil. As such when Jesus died we began to see clearly that we were ministers of the ministry of death. Jesus was the minister of the Spirit.
It was when this veil is removed, we see that we were never removed from the presence of the Father.
2 Corinthians 3:13-18
We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
It would seem that God sees man through two different covenants.
That is not true.
The fact is that God is an unchanging lover of man.
However man unfortunately forfeits this view of God in his fall.
A dual covenant as such was necessary. This is because there were 2 men with 2 minds.
The first: Adam. Angry with himself. Angry with God. Angry with people around him.
The 2nd: Jesus. At peace with himself, his Father and his fellowman.
Yet the first man was angry with the 2nd.
At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.
God in his great love for humanity allow the spiritual Cain to kill his spiritual brother Abel. Adam killed Jesus on the cross.
Yet the beauty of it all, is that as Jesus died on the cross, he died as the last Adam. Effectively bringing the first man to his very end.
In his resurrection Jesus became the father of a new humanity. This bringing into effect what the Bible calls the new creation.
A new man with a new mind. A new view of an ancient God who do not live in heavens or temples but a relevant God who lived in man. Expressing himself through him.
Effectively this brings an end to the Old Covenant. This is the story of the Bible. The covenants were not made for God. It was pictures which man needed to see.
So that his mind may finally be changed.