The truth in Jesus is his relation to his father; the righteousness of Jesus is his fulfillment of that relation. Meeting this relation, loving his father with his whole being, he is not merely alive as born of God; but, giving himself with perfect will to God, choosing to die to himself and live to God, he therein creates in himself a new and higher life; and, standing upon himself, has gained the power to awake life, the divine shadow of his own, in the hearts of us his brothers and sisters, who have come from the same birth-home as himself, namely, the heart of his God and our God, his father and our father, but who, without our elder brother to do it first, would never have chosen that self-abjuration which is life, never have come alive like him. To will, not from self, but with the Eternal, is to live.
This active willing to be the Son of the Father, perfect in obedience, is that in Jesus which responds and corresponds to the self-existence of God. Jesus rose to the height of his being, set himself down on the throne of his nature, in the act of subjecting himself to the will of the Father as his only good, the only reason of his existence. When he died on the cross, he did in the torture of the body of his revelation what he had done at home in glory and gladness. From the infinite beginning he completed and held fast the eternal circle of his existence in saying, “Thy will, not mine, be done!”