This is a quote taken from Cyril of Alexandria’s On the Unity of Christ that seems appropriate for Good Friday:

“…the Only Begotten Word of God has saved us by putting on our likeness. Suffering in the flesh, and rising from the dead, he revealed our nature as greater than death or corruption. What he achieved was beyond the ability of our condition, and what seemed to have been worked out in human weakness and by suffering was really stronger than men and a demonstration of the power than pertains to God.”

While we may rightly speak of the death of Christ having legal and substitutionary provisions–and this is precious to us–we must not forget that part of redeeming creation so that we could be resurrected meant dying as one of us so that we can live as he.