The Buddha brought suffering onto himself, to look into
the face of it, to see if he was that, and, if not, to see
who he then was. Jesus allowed himself to be crucified,
to demonstrate who he was.

And what do you think
you are doing here?
Why bother with this relative world if not to know yourself
in your own experience? And how else to do that except
through the encountering of that which you are not?

Neale Donald Walsch