The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
Jesus Christ, in His intimate oneness and love relationship with the Father, has been given the command to lay down His life AND to take it up again for the salvation of His sheep.
It is the passionate love of the Father that commands Jesus, His Beloved Son, to do this. It is the passionate love of the Father for His lost and dying sheep that commands the death and resurrection of His One and Only Son so that unity will be restored between mankind and Himself, the Holy and Righteous God, the LORD of all creation.
It is through obedience to the Father’s command that Jesus reveals His full love for the Father and for His sheep. Jesus willingly gave up His life by His own authority AND Jesus victoriously took His life back by His own authority. All in obedience to the Father.
The Father’s full love for His Son was always…is always…and will always be unconditional—the Father and the Son are ONE. Yet it is through the interweaving of the Son’s obedience to the Father’s command—through the outrageous sacrifice Jesus made and the ultimate victory Jesus accomplished—that the love relationship between the Father and the Son can be fully revealed.
And we, the sheep of the LORD Most High, are the benefactors of this benevolent, unconditional love.
May we, like our Lord Jesus Christ, choose full obedience to our Father’s commands and know His love ever more intimately, passionately and powerfully in our own lives! Amen!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane