Jesus’s ultimate goal in His life, the reason He come to earth was this: to save us. In order to accomplish that, He had to give away his life:
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
Due to our own limitation, it’s impossible to grasp what that meant for Him. We don’t know what will happen in a few seconds, so we cannot understand what it is like to live your whole life knowing everything that will happen, knowing that you will suffer and be killed in a cruel way, although you have the power to stop it at anytime.
Jesus’ love for all mankind and his desire to follow God’s will was so strong that giving up was never a possibility for Him.
But it doesn’t mean that it was easy. On the contrary:
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.” (John 12:27)
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)
He said those words so we would know that fulfilling God’s plan was a hard task even for Him. But He also wanted to make it clear that He would only do what was God’s will, no matter what.
With His last words before His death, He showed that He was following a plan, which was concluded:
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30)
It was finished, but it was not the end. Salvation was provided to mankind, and the new relationship between mankind and God was just beginning.
Jesus’ sacrifice reconnected God and mankind, Creator and creation. He followed God’s plan to the letter and He did it willingly, with a purpose:
“For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:38-40)
Jesus’ goal was to die for us, so we could live. Let’s make it our goal to have a life. A true life with Him, forever.