I remember a TV News item in which a lady met the man who had saved her from drowning. She was overwhelmed with gratitude for his kindness and courage. They do say that people who have been rescued from death feel obliged to their rescuer for the rest of their lives and rightly so. The rescuer risks and sometimes loses his life in the process.
John wrote in his gospel account, ‘Greater love has no-one than this, that a man laid down his life for his friends’. He is talking about Jesus who died in order to save all who believe in him, not just for a few more years of life but for ever when he comes back. God, his Father, had planned all along to establish a global Kingdom on earth filled with peace, justice for all, love and goodness. But only a minority of people since creation have believed what God has said or chosen to obey Him. So Jesus was sent to open the way back to God, so that God can bless them with life. Jesus said, ‘God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’.
We die because we are sinful and born not fit to live for ever. Jesus was totally sin-free so did not deserve to die but he surrendered his life; he defeated sin in his life and conquered death because God raised him from the tomb, to live for ever. Those who believe and follow him are forgiven their sin and saved from death. He gave his life, in order to give us life, if we will believe. We owe him enormous gratitude and loyalty.