And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. Matthew 27:51
The leaders of the Jewish people had led the people to want to have Jesus crucified on a cross. While He was on the cross He asked the Father to forgive them for what the were doing. At the end of a lot of agony, Jesus gave up His spirit and died on the cross.
The Jewish people are commonly blamed for the death of Jesus. Several leaders throughout history have attempted to destroy the Jews for that very reason. Yet it was not the Jews that put Jesus on the cross and caused Him to die.
God the Father was the one who sent Jesus to the cross. The reason God sent Jesus to the cross was for the sins of each and every person who has ever lived. The Jewish people were only the physical hands that put Jesus on the cross. Had not the Father wanted Him on the cross, they would not have been able to do so.
In fact, many times in His life they wanted to capture Him and kill Him, but were unable to do so. He always slipped out of their grasp.
In the very end, Jesus gave up His life. He laid it down to be a sacrifice to the Father. This was for every person who has sinned, which is every person who has ever lived.
Jesus was able to lay down His life because He knew the Father was in control and had something better on the other end. He knew His life was not over, even though it physically came to an end. Jesus would arise to live forever to give life to all.
Keeping this in mind, you must be also willing to lay down your life for Jesus in response to what He has willingly done for you.
God may never ask you to die for Him physically, but you must be willing to lay down your desires to follow Him. Seek Him and desire Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Your ultimate goal should be to spend eternity in heaven with God the Father and Jesus, and to bring as many people with you as possible. This is only to show appreciation for what Jesus has done for you.
What are you going to give up for Him?
I pray that you may know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live only for Jesus; that you will tell others of what Jesus has done; and that God will strengthen you in your walk with Him.