St Paul says, "But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ DIED for us" - Romans 5:8 (emphasis mine). Lets read that again, while we were still living in lust, chasing after material things, stabbing our friends in the back, Christ was thinking "you know what, they'll come around - I'm going to die for them in case they ever do". Wow!
That is some crazy love, right? What's the craziest love out there? "There is no greater love, than for a man to lay down his life for his friends" - John 15:13. Taking a bullet for someone? - man that is some pretty crazy stuff. Did Jesus actually live by this motto? I don't think so. Who do we know that is labeled as the friend of God - Abraham. He lived a great life and was probably going to heaven, we can somewhat say. Did Christ die for Him? Well, yes He died for everyone. What do you think shows greater love, for Christ to die for Abraham or the soldier that was flogging him? We could easily say, "I would do anything for my mom!", but would we be able to say "I would do anything for my boss - who fired me" (Come to think of it, we would probably say, I would do anything to kill my boss - who fired me! - not really kill, but you understand)
God knows we are weak, so He didn't set the same standard for us and Himself. He died for His enemies, but asked us to do so for our friends. He suffered for us, but asked us to just turn the other cheek. He fasted for 40 days, but asked us to remember that we don't live by bread alone. You wanna know the 'crazy love' thing, though? He still promised us the same things as Him! "...we are children of God, and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ" Romans 8:16b,17a.
Isn't that something? That's like telling me "All you have to do is watch the show 'House', and you can get the salary of a great doctor" - but times a zillion. We'd be foolish to pass up on this offer. God didn't have a reason to do anything for us, but still gave up His only Son for us. Are we willing to live so carelessly, that it would seem as if Christ died for nothing? I can't live with that, can you?