Before Eden. Before Lucifer's fall. Before he created the Angels. God already loved you. He didn't have to, but he did. And entangled in that tremendous love was the surety of personal suffering and loss. You see, he was willing to give anything to remove the sin barrier between Himself and His sinful, rebellious child. Anything. Even Himself.
The entire concept of atonement rests in the reality of this one simple, astonishing fact. In an indescribably painful act of redemption, God Himself suffered the punishment you deserve that through His sacrifice you may live-reconciled, forgiven, cleansed.