Jesus used His time on earth to teach us about the Father, and the Father’s love for us. In John 14:7, Jesus tells us, “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Think of it this way: As others can see Christ in us, we can see the Father in Christ.
All of Jesus’ actions while on earth manifested the Father’s love, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16). By the Word Incarnate becoming flesh, God gave us Himself, to save us from death. It would take an act of God to defeat death, caused by sin.
Jesus, Himself said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Jesus did just that! Talk about self-giving love! He gave His earthly life, so that we might have eternal life. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit love us that much!
A Father’s Love: “Remain in My Love”
Jesus performed all of teachings, all of His cures of the sick, all of His exorcisms of demonic spirits, for the love of mankind. Near the end of Jesus’ ministerial life, He told His Apostles, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love” (John 15:9). His dying on the cross was the ultimate expression of that love; love for His Father, and love for each one of us.
When you look at a crucifix and see Jesus nailed to the cross, take note that He thought you worthy of the pain and suffering that He experienced. He loves you that much! And as Jesus loves you, so does the Father and the Holy Spirit. Now, Jesus calls us to give that love to our neighbor; our fellow man. Therefore, He calls us to love as He and the Father loves.