I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here. (John 14:30-31, emph mine)
The supreme loyalty and obedience of the Son to the Father comes into laser focus here. And in this we find the most glorious revelation of character and nature of God.
We often assume that the primary motive for the Son coming into the world was to redeem lost humanity. And of course without a world needing saving Jesus wouldn’t have needed to come and die. But as important (and glorious) as this is, we must be careful to realize it was NOT the ultimate reason for Christ’s appearing.
Jesus came to glorify His Father through absolute trust and obedience to His will. Central to redemption is the revelation of the righteousness of God.
The gospel is supremely about God NOT man. Life is supremely about God NOT man. Worship is supremely about God NOT man. Marriage is supremely about God NOT man…
The gospel is glorious not only because people get saved. The gospel is supremely glorious because in it the glory, wisdom, power, holiness and righteousness of God are revealed.
The gospel changes us NOT primarily because it makes us feel made much of by God or pursued by God. It changes us because it creates in us a new heart that desires to make much of that which is truly worthy of our pursuit: God himself!
Or stated another way, the gospel saves us not mainly by causing us to believe that we are worthy to be loved. No, it saves us because it reveals a God who deserves nothing less than radical loyalty and passionate love! It saves us because it helps us finally see the only thing glorious enough to live for: namely, God Himself! And a wonderful result of this life of worship is that I am brought into an amazing love relationship with this God who is perfect love.
These thoughts may at first seem alien to a reader who has been fed a steady diet of humanism all of his life.