In John's account of the final night before crucifixion, Jesus uses the word μέγας, "greater" six times (13:16 twice, 14:12, 14:28, 15:13, and 15:20). Three of the sayings are given in a way in which the meaning of μέγας is made evident:
Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:16 ESV)
You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. (John 14:28)
Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. (John 15:20)
Here are the other two sayings:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
My question is about the significance of greater love.
Not long after making these statements, Jesus did lay His life down for His friends. In fact, if the New Testament is believed, Jesus not only laid His life down for His friends, but for all people including those who condemned Him, those who tortured Him, even those who killed Him. It seems without question Jesus demonstrated the greater love of which He spoke.
Jesus says His Father is greater than Him so does Jesus' death show that His love for those for whom He died was greater than His Father's?