According to Jesus Christ, from Scripture, He didn’t sacrifice himself.
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, what Jesus is about to say is the Gospel I say unto you, THE SON CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF…” (John 5:19). Jesus could do nothing but for the father.
God clearly stated that EVERYTHING was according to His will and no one else’s!!!!
“I know that, whatsoever God does…NOTHING can be put to it, nor ANYTHING taken from it: and GOD DOES IT” (Ecc. 3:14).
Yes, it is pretty clear that Jesus could do NOTHING but for his father and that everything that is done is done by his father.
“Yet ALL things are of God”.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose [matter or event] under the heaven” (Ecc. 3:1).
Yes, it is perfectly clear that God decided the time Jesus would be crucified and he decided that it would be by crucifixion. As we know, God stated that he “Planned ALL things from the beginning”. Long before his son was born and he planned the “end” as well.
Therefore, Christians, get a grip and realize that your Jesus had no power to sacrifice himself. He was forced to go through with it, it was required and it was what he was sent to do. Period.
Now, lets look at the other aspect of this story. Sacrifice? Let me see, tell me and prove to me that I will live forever and never be sick and always be happy. Would I “sacrifice” myself for that life later? Fuck yes and everyone would. But that isn’t a sacrifice. Instead it is selfish and not done for others. If Jesus was told to give his life for man and that he would also be tortured in hell fire for eternity after he does it, then I would call that a sacrifice. If he was told he would die and that would be the end, it would still be a sacrifice. But that isn’t what he was promised, was it? Fuck no. He was promised EVERYTHING, greater than any man could receive if they should go to heaven.
It isn’t much of a sacrifice if you receive the most amazing rewards possible or imaginable for suffering for a short time. No, it isn’t!