by Rev Joel Yong
Although Jesus was the Son of God, he learned to be obedient through his sufferings.
It’s hard to imagine a disobedient Jesus.
We know Him to be thoroughly obedient and the exemplary model for us all to follow.
But Hebrews reminds us that through suffering, Christ learnt obedience.
I remember my Lord in His suffering in Gethsemane. He knew the difficulties He would face in the next few hours and actually prayed for the situation to be taken away from Him if possible.
But He ended His prayers with words of submission and obedience “Yet not my will but yours be done.”
It’s easy to say we are obedient to our parents when we are doing something that comes naturally and is according to our preference.
Suppose our dad says “Go watch TV” and we love TV so we say “Sure thing. Glad to obey.”
Are we really proven to be obedient?
I would suggest that we are proven to be obedient when we are asked to endure something difficult or not of our preference- and in spite of that, we obey.
Yes we too learn obedience through experiencing suffering.
Let your pain today, draw you closer to God- as Jesus did.