And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…
I. Christ's sacrifice was VOLUNTARY. There was no external compulsion brought to bear upon Christ which He could not have successfully resisted; but with an entire concurrence of His will, He gave Himself up.
II. Christ's sacrifice was VICARIOUS. It was in the room and place of others — of us all. His sufferings, though voluntary, were, in this sense, necessary to accomplish the end He had in view.
III. Christ's sacrifice was of INFINITE VALVE AND SUFFICIENCY. He gave Himself.
IV. The sacrificial dedication of Christ for man was PERFECTLY PLEASING TO THE FATHER.
Parallel VersesKJV: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.