The Annunciation, Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hebrews 5:5-10 (ESV)

5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;

6 as he says also in another place,

“You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek.”

7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

Why, you ask, would Jesus, who was always perfect in obedience, need to learn obedience through suffering? The verse “although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered” reminds us of Jesus’ humanity, and that he faced the same weaknesses and temptations as we do.

Jesus chose obedience to the Father, which was a continual process of making God’s will his own. Because of his willingness to be obedient to the Father and to suffer, he became the source of our eternal salvation.

There are times in our Christian walk that we are in the midst of suffering and can see no reason for it. Obedience to God in these times of suffering can bring glory to him and grows us as Christians.

Think of your life as a tapestry God is weaving. For now we only see the underside rough and unfinished. Joni Erickson Tada was paralyzed as a teen in a swimming accident and has spent her life in a wheel chair and in constant pain. Joni said of her life of suffering and pain, “…we will stand amazed to see the topside of the tapestry and how God beautifully embroidered each circumstance into a pattern for our good and His glory.” The next time you deal with suffering or difficulty and it brings you to offer up prayers with loud cries and tears, remember that because Jesus obeyed perfectly even under great trial. He can help us obey no matter how difficult the situation, and bring us to salvation through the cross.

Dear Lord,
help us when we undergo trials or sufferings and remain obedient to you, seeking your will for our life. Help us to lean on your son, Jesus who understands our humanness and suffering. Let us remember that you Lord are weaving the tapestry of our lives, and that someday we will see the glorious topside in the pattern you have planned. Amen