Tonight I’m going to quote the writer of Hebrews..
“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 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek” – Hebrews 5:7-10
[ Have a mentioned how much I love Scripture? It is “living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword” (He. 4:12). It “teach[es], rebuk[es], correct[s], and train[s] in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). ]
I love this description of Jesus. I happened to be flipping through my Bible, reading all my notes, and this passage caught my eye. Jesus reverently submitted to his Father. He “made himself nothing” (Philp. 2:7) in all of his humility. Even though Jesus is one with, and is part of, the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), he, as a human, had to be separated from God when he bore our sin at the crucifixion. So this submission was necessary. It was a joy, but it was necessary.
Did you catch the part where it says “he was heard because of his reverent submission”?
He was HEARD because He submitted.
We will be fully heard when we submit. Why do we expect God to answer prayers/please us/act swiftly when we’re not willing to give Him anything in return, namely, our LIVES?
I don’t even feel worthy to dissect this passage. And that’s a rarity because I’m so prideful. There is so much glory in this passage; so much Jesus-magnifying going on!
- He was a son
- He was heard
- He learned obedience
- He suffered
- He became the source of salvation
- He was designated by God to become the high priest
Pheeeewy. That’s a lot to take in. Just reading it gives me chill bumps.
Now to apply it.
Reverent submission, anyone? Let’s do it.