Interesting, Mitchell, I have a friend who holds the same opinion as you.
A point in favor of your view is that Jesus forgave sins before He was obedient, even unto death.
Matthew 9:5-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Stand up, take your bed and go to your home.” 7 And he stood up and went to his home.
And what is important to God?
1 Samuel 15:22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
22 And Samuel said,
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obedience to the voice of the Lord?
Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed than the fat of rams.