Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Hebrews 13:12
Revelation 13:8 speaks of Christ as the Lamb that was slain before the creation of the world. Though we cannot understand this, we know that Jesus had to be crucified at a certain point in time — His crucifixion had to be actualized in history.
Believers can say that they have been crucified with Christ and given new life (Galatians 2:20). But being crucified with Christ must also be actualized — during the Christian’s own lifetime.
One way Christians can become crucified with Christ today is by recognizing the death of their old self and the birth of new life within them. Unfortunately, the old self has a way of refusing to stay crucified; man’s sinful nature keeps reviving it. This is why we must die daily to sin.
One of the more important ways we become crucified is that we give ourselves in loving service to other people. This is what Jesus meant by laying down one’s life for others and losing one’s life for His sake.
One reason why women often respond sooner to the gospel than men do is that they are naturally more self-giving. In roles like wife and mother, many women know what it means to wash feet and to risk one’s life for another. True J-O-Y, as we say, comes in having Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last.