In the Gospel according to St. John the central theme is that Jesus is the Son of God, the revelation of the Father. Faith in Jesus is the way to the Father. When he is “lifted up” the Father is revealed. Does the Father want the injustice of Jesus’ crucifixion? No, the Father wants obedient love. Jesus accepted death to atone for our disobedience and lack of love.
Jesus chose to renounce power. He chose, out of love for us, total poverty and humiliation to share more fully in our human condition. In this he also reflected the mind and heart of the Father for he said, “The Son of Man can do nothing by himself…he can do only what he sees the Father doing” (Jn 5). What Jesus saw was the Father’s immense love, first of all for the human heart of Jesus himself and then for every other human heart. Thus Jesus was motivated to immerse himself completely in all that is human even the injustice of his death on the cross.
Jesus, you freely chose to lay down your life for me because you love me so much. Inspire me with your love so that I will become willing to offer my life in the service of others.