Jesus died. He gave his life, as the Lamb of God. John comments on this event saying, “He loved his own to the uttermost.” (13:1) The reason John can call Jesus’ death “love” is because of what it resulted in. Jesus’ death resulted in water pouring forth from Jesus and his cross. Water, throughout John’s Gospel, has been used to represent the life of God and the relationship that exists between the Father and the Son. And the reason the cross “takes away the sins of the world”, and can be called “love”, is because it is through the cross, that water pours forth into this thirsty world. Because of the cross, the life of God has entered this world. Through the cross, relationship with God is possible.