A friend told me that he was surprised that Jesus was not the only person ever crucified. To him, the value of Jesus’ sacrifice was that he suffered more than anyone else ever had. But the saving power of Jesus’ death was not in how much he suffered but in how much he loved. We cannot know whether anyone ever suffered as much as Jesus. But we do know that no one was ever as innocent as he and no one ever embraced suffering with as much love as he did. It is suffering accepted in love that saves us.