Hebrews 5:8, it says, “Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered.” This is a principle. Yes. God is a teacher. He provides instructions, so we “learn” why obedience is important.
Can you imagine what would have happened if Eve rejected the serpent at the tree? Eve encountered was a defining moment of obedience. Her disobedience was unintentional. Yet, Adam decision was intentional. Adam challenged the instruction given by God.
Jesus Christ said, “I AM” (John 8:58). And being God, He always had perfect obedience. Showing us the way.
Back in eternity, Christ submitted to God’s plan (John 14:28, 6:38, 1 Corinthians 11:3). Obeying is something that just comes… naturally when you submit to God’s teaching and instruction. The plan of eternal salvation, which is followed by redemption—Christ experienced physical is us. Blood pumping through His veins, sweating under the sun, crying tears of joy or pain, human emotion, physical pain, hunger, friendship. He was always only a spirit. The physical realm didn’t even exist until He made it. When He did become human, the moment He gave up His privileges (Philippians 2:7-8).
He was tortured and executed inthe most painful ways mankind had dreamt up. He knew what awaited Him. He knew what fleshly pain was going to feel like. He knew what a crucifixion looked like up close as a human. He knew the agony that those who are crucified.
While in the garden the night before, He realized what was about to become the loneliness moment ever felt, the gravity of the physical pain and spiritual emptiness hit Him so hard that the Bible says He sweat blood.
Obedience took on a new meaning. Christ prayed to His reflection, God the Father, please let it be! (Luke 22:42-44).
He obeyed. Too much was at stake. His obedience opened the way. He suffered torture, complete separation from God and experienced death. In doing so, He became our salvation—and still remained sinless (Hebrews 2:10, 4:15).
Nobody could ever accuse God of not understanding—of being too far removed, blissfully ignorant of what the physical sufferings humans endure. No, Christ, our Messiah, Yeshua, experienced everything. He overcame the world so that we can have hope for overcoming it ourselves (John 16:33).
Let’s understand and what He learned. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Give your whole life to Christ today. Come and learn of Him with us!
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