During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
Jesus Learned Obedience?
Do you agree with these statements? Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is true God from all eternity. Jesus was and is perfect in every way. Jesus never did anything wrong. Jesus was perfectly obedient to his Heavenly Father. Jesus was perfectly obedient to every God-ordained authority throughout his earthly life. If all these statements are true, how can the writer of Hebrews say Jesus learned obedience?
Think of it this way. Jesus wasn’t just perfectly obedient in theory; he was perfectly obedient in action. He wasn’t just obedient in his mind. He wasn’t just committed to obedience in his heart. Jesus was perfectly obedient in thought, motive, and everything he said and did.
Here’s another thought. Jesus wasn’t perfectly obedient because he was untested; he was perfectly obedient before, during, and after the ultimate testing. When Jesus was a toddler, he was obedient (no selfish temper tantrums). When Jesus was a teenager, he was obedient (no dismissive eye rolls). When he was tempted and threatened, when he was falsely accused and tried, when he was condemned and crucified, Jesus was perfectly obedient. Even when he was forsaken by his Father, he was perfectly obedient to his Father.
During the days of his life on earth, Jesus learned by experience the full extent of obedience, taking it to a level that could only be achieved by the Son of God. In this way he was made perfect. In other words, he reached his goal; he completed his mission. As a result, Jesus is the source of eternal salvation—for you.
Remember this before, during, and after temptation comes your way, especially when you have failed. Jesus was perfectly obedient—for you. Therefore, Jesus is the source of eternal salvation—for you.
Heavenly Father, even as Jesus offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, I come to you today. I know that my prayer is possible and acceptable, and you hear my prayer because of Jesus’ reverent submission for me. Bless me in knowing and believing that Jesus learned obedience for me. Through him, the source of eternal salvation, I pray. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions