What is the way, the truth and the life of eternal life, which is the will of the Father? Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6). God the Father required Jesus the Son to lay down his life out of love for him in order to return to him in heaven and inherit eternal life. Jesus had all the power to save his life but refused to do so out of love for God. He refused because he was determined to fulfil the will of God.
Jesus laid down his life for God; therefore God raised him from the dead to eternal life. Nobody in human history understood that this is the will of God before Jesus’ shining example. Nobody in human history had ever laid down their life for God’s sake and for the sake of his kingdom before Jesus blazed the trail. Jesus was: “the first to rise from death, to die no more.” (Revelation 1:5).
Jesus says: “My Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from my Father.” (John 10:17-18). Jesus, the Good Shepherd, lays down his life; therefore, his sheep are also required to follow his example by laying down their lives.