Jesus died on the cross, and God raised Him up again. He died for our sins but rose again, giving us hope of life beyond this life. John reminds us, “Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
On the cross, Jesus died not only for his friends but also for his enemies. Jesus practiced what he taught (Matt. 5:43-48).
Paul reminds us in Romans of the great love that accompanied Jesus’ death in Rom. 5:6-8:
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
The depth of the love of God for those who are helpless, ungodly, and sinners is quite astonishing. Yet the death of Christ was necessary if we are to live again. Jesus explained in John 12:24-25:
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.
Jesus died, so that you could live. He became sin, so that you could be righteous. What wonderful, wonderful love!