Though he [Jesus] were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” Hebrews 5:8-10
Jesus didn’t suffer for sin that he committed. Yet, he had to learn some things in the sufferings that he went through. Some people think Jesus was automatically obedient. But the Bible tells us that he had to learn obedience through suffering.
“For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” Hebrews 2:16-18
“The nature of angels” is that they will automatically do whatever God asks. To have “the seed of Abraham” is to have a choice of what we will do. Succour means to help.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
No matter what we are going through, no matter how hard or strange it may seem,you must believe the bible. Jesus knows exactly how you feel. He knows what the enemy is trying to pull on you. We have a High Priest that knows. You can come “boldly.” Jesus was no higher than us. He was equal with us. That is a blessing.
“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10:17-18
Jesus received the commandment from God to lay down his life. He willingly did that.
“For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” John 12:49-50
Jesus spoke what the Father gave him to say. If you get agitated on the inside, there will be things come out that are not the Father’s will. To have the Father’s will, you must be clothed with humility. Jesus kept his mouth shut many times. All of Jesus’ life was orchestrated by the Father. Jesus had a choice whether he wanted to do and say the right things or not.
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. Luke 22:39-42
Did Jesus have a will? His first will was, “Father let it pass.” His will never was taken from him. You will always have a will. You must make a choice to have God’s will displayed, not yours.
“And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” Luke 22:43-46
Have you ever prayed so hard that you had drops of blood coming off you? The suffering Jesus went through was sometimes more human than what we have gone through. Jesus’ personal will asked for something else in the Garden. God’s will is always best. He always has a purpose in whatever we have to go through. He has grace for whatever we have to go through.
“Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” Matthew 4:1
You have been chosen in a furnace of affliction. The Devil will be afflicting you. Jesus was just as human as you and I. The Spirit of God led him into the wilderness. He was hungry and the Devil knew it. Do we do anything the Devil says? No. It is vitally important to read your bible everyday, meditate, and be in an attitude of prayer every day. Whatever the bible says, we must be willing to be submissive.
Jesus was led of the Spirit. In the book of Acts, the disciples were led of the Holy Spirit. At times, the Spirit will check you and show you something. You need to recognize the Spirit. It is a still, small voice. Sometimes you have your day planned and God says do something for him. You need to obey.
Sometimes God will check to see if you are going by your own feelings. You can claim all you want, but God is looking for obedience. Jesus had his feelings, but his desire was to do the will of God. Whatever God wants, we want. We must be willing to humble ourselves.
Jesus emptied himself. When he came from heaven, he emptied himself of the heavenly glory. He took on our emotions, feelings, and desires so that he could be a faithful High Priest and have the knowledge to go through without sin. He chose God’s way above everything else. A lot of people are hearing the Word of God, but not a lot are willing to be obedient. If ours is not a willingness to obey, we will deceive ourselves. It is vitally important that we have a heart that is willing to obey.