In these days before Holy Week, our attention is drawn to the Bible's teaching about sacrifice and love. This quote from a sermon by pastor-author Alistair Begg is about the importance of understanding that great sacrifice as "substitution:" Jesus died in my place.
--from the sermon, "Jesus Our Substitute"
Jesus is our High Priest, but what kind of priest is this who becomes the sacrifice? Priests OFFER sacrifices—but this priest IS the sacrifice. The priest lays Himself on the altar.
You see, Jesus died for sin—but not for His own sin. He had no sin. He was in every sense MADE SIN for us. He became all of our rebellion, all of our lying, all of our cheating, all of our adultery, all of our filth, all of our ugliness. He became all of that on the cross. Otherwise, how could God crucify his Son? . . .