John Piper: The Intensity of Christ’s Love and the Intentionality of His Death

The love of Christ for us in his dying was as conscious as his
suffering was intentional. “By this we know love, that he laid down his
life for us” (1 John 3:16). If he was intentional in laying down his
life, it was for us. It was love. “When Jesus knew that his hour had
come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own
who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1). Every
step on the Calvary road meant, “I love you.”

Therefore, to feel the love of Christ in the laying down of his
life, it helps to see how utterly intentional it was. Consider these
five ways of seeing Christ’s intentionality in dying for us…

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Via: Desiring God Blog