The seed gives itself and dies in order to produce a harvest.
The mother bird throws herself into the jaws of the serpent in order to save her young.
The human mother goes down into the valley of death to bring a child into the world.
The young patriot, with all his life before him, takes his one life into his hands and marches out against the bayonets of the enemy, in order to save home and country . . .
Now if this is a universal law -- and it seems to be -- then when we come to God, the highest Being, we would expect to find in Him the greatest and noblest expression of sacrificial love in the whole universe. Otherwise the creature would be greater than the Creator. A worm would be greater, a bird, an animal; they give themselves, but not God. It is unthinkable that God would write a law of saving by sacrifice throughout the universe and be empty of it himself . . .
But the cross shows that there is such a God.
-- John Seamands quote on pg. 72 in Daughters of Islam by Miriam Adeney