The Gospel for Real Life

Jesus Learned Obedience

“Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,” (Hebrews 5:7-9, ESV)

This passage, at face value, can seem to be full of confusion. I mean, how can the perfect Son learn obedience? What kind of encouragement are in these words? What does this teach us about Jesus?

Well, think of it this way. Think of learning how to read or write or do math problems. A teacher can tell you how to work the problems, and if you learn from her correctly, you will do exactly what she says. In a similar way, Jesus was taught by his earthly parents and the Father Himself. I every situation, Jesus was learning what obedience looked like, and He perfectly obeyed. He also used what He learned so that He could withstand the greatest trial – His death.

Think on this with amazement. God the Son submitted to being a human and learning obedience! Can we even fathom the depths of His love in doing this? The writer of Hebrews goes on to say that he was made perfect. That means that Jesus, through all His life, proved Himself as the Preeminent One to be worshipped and adored.

From all of these facts, we must see the beauty of Jesus. He was a man who had pains. He had to learn obedience, and through all of this, He reverenced God. Because of these realities, Jesus can truly “sympathize with our weaknesses” (Heb. 4:15). He knows where each of us are at today. He knows what you’re struggling with. He also confidently opens His arms up to you so you also can run and find refuge, hope and strength to obey!

Jesus learning obedience, His suffering and His perfection relates to your real life right now. Look to Him and submit your soul to the One who truly cares for you.

“Dear Lord, You endured suffering by simply becoming a human being. But, in order to experience the fullest extent of obedience, you desired to come to this earth and suffer for the sins of men! Now we can come to Your presence boldly with praise. Let us find rest and comfort in Jesus, the perfect source of eternal salvation. Amen.”


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