“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.”-John 14:30-31
Jesus knew that the time of his death was drawing closer and that the ruler of the world, Satan, was coming. He would not arrive in a red suit with horns and a pitchfork, but rather through the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin, and the Roman rulers. Satan would have Jesus falsely arrested, beaten, humiliated, and crucified. Misuse of power is a frequent tool used by Satan. Jesus wanted them to know that although the world operated by power and control, Satan had no hold on him. Nada. Zilch. Zip. He willingly went to the cross because the Father had commanded it.
I wonder what the conversation looked like within the Trinity. If Father, Son, and Spirit are of one mind, what does it mean that the Father commanded the Son? Did the Father come up with the notion independently? Could he have thought of it on his own? Regardless, we see a mutual love and submission within the Trinity.
Why did Jesus willingly go to his death on the cross and bear the sins of the entire world? Because he trusted the Father without question. They were of one mind.
Jesus teaches us what life in relationship can look like. In the Trinity, there is mutual submission and an ever flowing love between them. It moves between them so completely that they are actually one.
Jesus, you teach me by your life what life with the Father looks like. My motivations are so different than yours. Although I may say that I desire to submit to your good will, I have a rebellious streak. I strain against the yoke: I take what is easy and I make it burdensome. Forgive me, and settle my mind again. Amen.