The first - Jesus' life was not taken from him- he willingly laid it down. This speaks VOLUMES of not only his submission and commitment to the Father's will, but of his LOVE for us. He said YES to going to the cross, to dying IN MY PLACE. It was not forced upon him. He agreed with the Father that it was the best way. Mind blowing. I feel like I could reflect on that alone for the rest of my life on earth, and still be blown away by his love for mankind. That is a crazy kind of love that I don't think I can get a firm grasp on. The second - Jesus came with one main purpose- to seek and save the lost, and to give his life as a ransom. (Mk 10:25, Luke 19:10) Again, the intense love for humanity! WOAH.
And then, I cannot help but think...."What if he didn't?" What if he didn't lay down his life of his own accord? What if in that moment in the garden, when he was crying out to the Father, asking if there was any other possible way to accomplish his purpose besides the cross, what if he ran, what if he chose to disobey because it felt too hard in that moment? How often do I chose disobedience because the road looks too hard, and look for an easier path? What if Jesus chose like I choose? In Hebrews 12 we see that "for the joy set before him, he endured the cross." He looked ahead- to what the cross would accomplish, and said it was worth it. US-broken, rebellious humanity- having the chance to be reconciled to God and live with Him for now and eternity worth the price of the cross. Where would I be without him...if he didn't? But the amazing thing is - HE DID! He chose to say yes to the cross and the course of history forever changed. It is finished. For that, I live my life with immense gratitude for that uncomprehensible love, and I lay my life down, that His life can be made known.