In our NT passage Jesus makes it very clear that He is laying down His life of His own accord.
He chose to become the sacrifice for our sin. He knew what was coming.
He knew His closest friends would betray and desert Him, and what pain that would bring. We can all relate to a certain degree, but how many of us have been abandoned by our closest loved ones in the hour we need them most, in a literally life and death situation?
He knew He would be mocked, completely unjustly. Again, we can relate to a certain degree, but never has a man so utterly powerful and supreme been mocked by those so unworthy.
He knew He would be beaten, that He would experience physical pain and torture few people have to experience, and that He would die alone, with the weight of the world's sin on His shoulders.
He knew that sin would cause Him to feel forsaken by God.
He knew He didn't deserve it.
He knew we fully deserved it.
And He chose to do it in our place, so we wouldn't have to, in order to restore us to right relationship with God.
Amazing love, how can it be, that thou my God shouldst die for me! (Charles Wesley)
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Leviticus 15-16; Matthew 27:1-26