“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1–2 ESV).
“The death of Christ is not only the demonstration of God’s love (John 3:16), it is also the supreme expression of Christ’s own love for all who receive it as their treasure. The early witnesses who suffered most for being Christians were captured by this fact: Christ ‘loved me and gave himself for me’ (Galatians 2:20). They took the self-giving act of Christ’s sacrifice very per- sonally. They said, “He loved me. He gave himself for me.”
(John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die [Wheaton: Crossway, 2006] p. 30).
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.