"For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord."
I watched the movie ACT OF VALOR last night. It received buzz because the main actors were active Navy Seals (rather than professional actors) who portrayed Navy Seals. It was interesting to see things "from the inside," what this elite group of soldiers go through on assignment.
One of the more dramatic scenes in the film (spoiler alert!) has a soldier intentionally protecting his comrades by throwing himself on a grenade that had been thrown into their area. he had very little time to think before acting. he willingly gave up his life for the sake of his friends. That scene (and many others in the film) was inspired by true events.
No matter how you may feel about the military, you have to admit many of these "get" what Jesus was talking about in John 10. In their world, being willing to lay down one's life is a CHOICE they make. It was also a choice Jesus made. He wasn't "murdered," or "ambushed," or "tragically killed." No, he willingly laid down his life for a world in need. It was his choice. He knew exactly what was happening. He also knew that death was not the end. That God had the power to raise the dead - either in this life or in life eternal.
(By the way, John 10 was also inspire by true events. Praise God!)