Why Christ Suffered and Died – Reason #3: To Be Perfected Through Suffering
For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering (Hebrews 2:10).
“If the Son of God had gone from incarnation to the cross without a life of temptation and pain to test his righteousness and his love, he would not be a suitable Savior for fallen man” (John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die [Wheaton: Crossway, 2004] 25).
The rest of the above referenced book can be downloaded for free as a PDF. This book makes a great devotional for daily Lenten meditations.