Even after more than 20 years as a Christian, I am still awed and humbled by the fact that Jesus went to the cross willingly and with full knowledge of what would occur.
I was just sitting here reading John 12 and 13 and wanted to share a few verses. But I encourage you to read the full chapters (and on through John 20 which details the resurrection) for yourself.
John 12:23-28 “And Jesus answered them, saying, the hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, i say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. Now is my soul troubled; what shall I say? Father save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify they name. Then came a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
Very soon after Jesus said those words He would go to the cross and die to glorify God by providing the means for our redemption. As it says in Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
He would become the perfect passover lamb, the one whose blood would cover the sins of all those who placed their faith in his sacrifice alone. And ultimately he would rise from the grave, proving that he had defeated death and hell. But before the glory and joy of Easter morning, was the pain of betrayal, of beatings and curses, the long walk to Calvary after being mutilated, and then slow agonizing death on the cross.