1 John 4:8 states God is Love. 1 John 4:7 says "Beloved ones, let us continue loving one another because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born from God and gains the knowledge of God. Then verse 8 says "He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love."
Jesus held tight to his love even while being impaled on the cross. In Luke 23:34 [ But Jesus was saying:"Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing."] John 15:9 Jesus says "Just as the Father has loved me and I have loved you, remain in my love. Verse 10 "If you observe my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have observed the commandments of the Father and remain in his love."
Jesus went to the cross by choice because he loved his Father and he loved us. In Matthew 26:53 Jesus said to one of his followers "or do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father to supply me at this moment more than twelve legions of angels?" 54 "In that case how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must take place this way?"
John 13:1 "Now, because he knew before the festival of the passover that his hour had come for him to move out of this world to the Father, Jesus, having loved his own that were in the world, loved them to the end."