2 - Thinking about the suffering of Christ
It's fascinating that Rachel speaks about thinking more of the life of Jesus than his suffering - while recognising the impact his suffering had on her.
In the Nicene creed it says:
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again
I find it interesting there is no real mention of the life of Jesus, just his birth, death and resurrection - and we can miss out so much not thinking about the reality of his life.
But, as Rachel says, the extent of his suffering for us is amazing.
For me it has always been God's love for me that has drawn me to him. As a young person I struggled to feel loved, unloveable even, and it was knowing God's overwhelming love for me, even to the point of suffering and giving his own life, that changed me, changed my life. That is central, but the kingdom values he taught and lived are what drives me to keep on following him.