I keep hearing from people that I should be impressed with what Jesus did, and be grateful to him. Even if we assume that it's true, I'm not impressed.
1) He knew he would be resurrected after 3 days. Why would you be afraid of dying very much under such circumstances? I wouldn't be.
2) He sacrificed himself to himself so that he could forgive. Why not save a step, and just forgive? There is no reason for an innocent person to suffer - it doesn't make the situation any better. Human sacrifice does not work. If you think it does, well you are a Christian.
3) He knew that he would spend an eternity in heaven after a day of suffering on the cross. The physical pain he felt is not very much compared to someone dying from cancer or hunger - and neither do those people have a choice in the matter. Also, any person in hell endures infinitely more physical suffering than Jesus did. They also aren't glorified for their suffering like a..
4) He wanted to be crucified, indeed that was his plan to begin with. It's not as if he wanted any other outcome at all. Would you feel sorry for a masochist who hurts himself on purpose if he's got the ability to avoid the pain altogether?
5) Punishing an innocent person does not absolve the sins of the guilty - especially those haven't even been born. That's a sick and twisted idea of justice. It's also silly to consider them guilty for something someone else had done, but that's another topic.