Although he was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. (Hebrews 5:8)
The life and person of our Lord Jesus Christ is a subject largely misunderstood by professing believers. Being in Christ brings us into identification with His life, suffering, salvation, and glory. As He is, so are we in this life (1 John 4:17). The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. (Matthew 10:24-25a)
Jesus was called a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). He was surrounded with sin. Man’s arrogance accosted Him on every side. Foolishness poured out of lips of clay in the guise of intelligence. Hypocrites play-acted, seeking to put their falsely called spirituality on show. The oppression of spiritual wickedness in high places was a constant companion to the Son of Man. Carnality confronted true Spirituality. The disciples were constantly “not getting it.” Jesus groaned, wept, and intensely sorrowed every day of His earthly ministry. Purity walked in the midst of corruption and could not help to be grieved.
Because Jesus was surrounded with weakness, His ministry was characterized by a constant coming to the Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16; 5:7). He offered up expressions of need (prayers) and urgent earnest requests (supplications). These expressions of need and supplication were accompanied with loud outcries and tears (manifestations of grief). In other words, His being surrounded by infirmity drove the Son to the Throne of Grace. Jesus took His requests of grief to the One who has the power and ability to deliver Him. He was heard in these requests because of His fear of displeasing the Father.
His being a Son did not disqualify Him from the sufferings of this life. His being a Son did bring Him into the unique position of having to learn the cost of obedience. Jesus learned the costliness of obedience by experiencing suffering, infirmity, and weakness throughout His earthly life. It exacted a cross-type of death.
Brethren, are you a son of God? Are you in Christ? The procedure which the Father taught the Son is the same manner in which the Father will instruct His children. Our grief, torment, anxiety, crushing of spirit, contriteness, frustration, and bearing under – all become occasions of going to the same Throne of Grace that the Son of Man frequented. We are compassed about with weaknesses in order to learn the cost of obedience to the will of the Father. The scriptures call it, a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). This is the way. It is a joy set before us.
God’s grace is available for all of our frustrations and our joys. His mercy is sustaining. His life is sweet. Christian, go to the Throne of Grace. You will find help in time of need and will learn the cost – in measure – of the price Jesus paid for obedience to the will of His Father. O’ sweet hour of prayer! O’ the joy of obedience!