All Jesus is asking for is 1st Commandment loyalty: “We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.” God must always be first. Jesus is God. Jesus has told us that following Him has costs. He’s also told us that following Him has indescribably wonderful rewards. He’s asking all of us to be COMMITTED TO HIM THROUGH THICK AND THROUGH THIN.
A statement of purpose can change a seemingly benign action into an insidious one or a bumbling mistake into the dear handiwork of a child. God’s statement of purpose in this text turns the injustice of the cross of Christ into a sublime, saving expression of His love. His purpose turns death to life, gives human existence on earth purpose instead of meaninglessness and changes our whole lives.