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Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, | Hebrews 5:8-9
The last verse of Luke chapter 2 has meant a lot to me over the past several years:
Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. | Luke 2:52
This verse is encouraging because it reminds me that, quite simply, Jesus grew up. He didn’t waltz onto the scene as a wise scribe or a brilliant teacher, but He entered the world as a baby. Then He was a toddler, then a little boy, then a young man. He had growth spurts and scraped knees and all the other childhood experiences you and I went through. Just like the rest of us, He steadily grew, learned, and matured, over time becoming an adult.
Today’s #30DaysOfBibleLettering passage from Hebrews 5 reminds us of a similar point: Jesus learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
Somehow, the omniscient Creator went through a learning process while He was on this earth. Isn’t that crazy and mind-boggling? Even though I don’t fully understand how that was even possible, think about the implication:
Jesus is relatable.
As a son, He learned obedience. As a man, He experienced suffering firsthand. And now, as a risen Savior, He is the perfect author of our salvation, fully capable of sympathizing with us in our struggles and sufferings and weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).
Yes, He can sympathize and empathize with us because He has been there. He has done that. He spent three long decades walking in our shoes. He knows full well what it feels like to be human, what it feels like to suffer, and what it feels like to die.
Thank you, Father, for Jesus—
our perfect, obedient, relatable Savior.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. | Philippians 2:8