Google+ 05/28/13 Don't Forget Who Jesus Is!

Hebrews 5:7-9

 

While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears,

To the one who could rescue him from death.

And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.

Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.

In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest,

And he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.   

 

The official writer of Hebrews is unknown, but he brings to light a very important fact of Christianity.  We Christians often forget who Jesus is.  I am amazed at how far from the life and message of Jesus most organized religion strays.  Look at our Scripture today carefully.  Jesus established a pattern for us in all that we do here on earth.  Remember that Jesus was constantly persecuted while He was here on earth.  Almost every group of people who spent any time with Jesus, at all, were amazed at what He could do, but threatened by who He was.  During these periods of tribulation, Jesus offered prayers and pleadings, cried aloud to God, and wept.  Don't miss this important line in our Scripture today.  God heard Jesus's prayers, not because He was His Son, but because of His deep reverence for God.  Jesus learned obedience from God through sufferings, just like we do.  We don't often discuss the impact on Jesus of being both human and divine.  Jesus experienced all the emotion and physical abuse that people constantly delivered to Him.  It hurt, just like it does when people ridicule us.  Our words and actions have consequences.  We often speak before even thinking about what we are going to say.  Do we all remember when our parents used to say, "Before you speak, count to ten?"  How wise our parents were.  Satan uses impulsive emotions, as does modern-day media, to entice us to act before we have time to think.  Satan wants us to react now because Satan knows that without prayer and pleadings to God, we will certainly hurt each other!  What would have happened if Jesus had given in to His human side and just reacted to each and every insult, criticism, or unfair judgment that was heaped upon Him?  Jesus could have justified that kind of behavior the same way we do by saying, "After all, I am right!"  Unlike how flawed we all are, Jesus would have been right, every time.  What did Jesus do during these frequent periods of suffering?  Jesus offered prayers and pleadings to God, cried out, and wept.  God confirmed Jesus as the "Highest Priest," because of His obedience.  Before turning over the "family business" to Jesus, God watched how Jesus reacted to terrible situations.  It was His obedience and reverence that had His Father saying, "This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased!"  God has told us that we are the rightful heirs to His throne with Jesus.  If we are to be like Jesus, we need to remember who He is, daily.  Jesus was Holy.  What does that word mean?  In both Hebrew and Greek, the word "Holy" means to set apart.  We must set ourselves apart from the world daily.  God will recognize our obedience and bestow upon us the crown He promises when we reside with Him in heaven eternally.  Until then, remember that our obedience and reverence to God will find Him loving us and the world hating us!!!