Regardless of past experiences, anyone can put themselves in a hypothetical situation and ask "Am I willing to lay down my life for ( insert cause/person here )?" Doing so can really open one's eyes to the true impact of this verse.
To be loved SO much by anyone that they are willing to sacrifice themselves that I may live -> that is truly remarkable. But to have a God that loves us so much that He is willing to sacrifice His one and only PERFECT SON to atone for our sins?! That is just utterly breath-taking. Jesus did not run or hide when he was sought out and arrested, but rather stated openly that he was Jesus of Nazareth. This is not to say that Jesus wanted to pay the ultimate sacrifice and he did in fact pray that God would take this cup from him.
Only deep seeded love (whether for country, God, or another person) can compel someone to put their own life on the line for others. What this means is that YOU, my friend, are deeply and passionately loved. <3