Hebrews 5:8-9
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him

This is a bit of a mysterious sentence isn’t it!. It sounds like the writer to the Hebrews is saying that to begin with Jesus was disobedient and had to learn to be behave. This doesn’t quite tally with the idea of Jesus being sinless as they say elsewhere. I can think of a couple of other ways of seeing it. Perhaps its referring to the process of growing up – we don’t expect the same level of understanding from a child as an adult, and so it would be with Jesus too, a human like us in every way. Also, I think, it has something to do with the question of what is obedience. Obedience is not an innate quality – it comes into existence when it’s tested – you’re only obedient when there’s an opportunity to be disobedient. As Jesus grew older he would have faced more of these opportunities to test and prove his obedience, a test reaching its pinnacle in Gethsemane when he had the choice of accepting the Cross or not.

Lord, thank you for your obedience. Help me today inspired by your example and empowered by the Spirit to prove my obedience too!

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