Not a martyr's death
As we are fast approaching Easter and the celebration of Jesus' victory over sin and death on our behalf, here's a great reminder concerning the type of sacrifice that he offered:
Our Lord did not die a martyr’s death. The martyr is led to the scaffold or stake because he is overpowered by superior force. But our Lord knew that the invisible world was full of help if only he had expressed the slightest wish. Others die because they are born; he was born that he might die. “He laid down his life that he might take it again.” He would not receive help from the Father, or the angels, or Peter’s sword, but poured out his soul unto death, because of a love that was stronger than death.
F. B. Meyer, Through the Bible Day by Day: A Devotional Commentary, vol. 5 (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1914–1918), 65.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:10-11).