Whatever Jesus accomplished on the cross and through it, his primary mindset could not have been, “I’ve got to win God’s blessings through my efforts.” Otherwise, his attitude in obedience unto death could never be used as the example for the Christian life. But it is used that way all the time. Jesus on the cross is many times the example of living [and dying] by faith.
Jesus’ death was something he did in our place, but, if we really believe that, it is impossible for it to not also be an example for us to emulate in a reflective capacity.
We must trust God to raise us up from everything that he calls us to go through.