and a more hesitating yes, to the second. The Scriptures do say that 'for the joy set before Him, He carried the cross, despising its shame'.
However, I disagree wholeheartedly with the Song "Above All", where the line,
Like a rose, trampled on the ground
He took the fall, and thought of me
Drives me to righteous indignation. That is too individualistic, and to say He thought of anyone above His Father when He died presumes far too much. This submission to the Father's will is in the forefront of Jesus' mind as he goes to the cross. (And as He is hanging there, and as he died, as well)
So I would say, that the main purpose Jesus had in going to the cross was to obey perfectly His Father in Heaven. However, one can have more than one reason for doing something , and both be valid. Consequently, I also affirm that He went to the cross to obtain us for Himself.
But that man should play the tyrant over God, and find Him a better man than himself, is astonishing drama indeed!~~D. Sayers
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15