Jesus Is The Ultimate Example Of Obedience

Posted: March 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Lately I have been reading the book of Hebrews and have a new revelation and deeper love and respect for what Jesus did. What really stood out to me was in Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.” I have read this many times before but this time it hit me like a ton of bricks. As I pondered this verse I was taken back to when Gabriel visited Mary and told her how she had been chosen as the mother of Jesus. It then struck me that Jesus was not only fully God, but fully human too……just like us. Since he was fully human, he felt how we feel, had temptations and impulses like us, and had choices to make, just like we do. 

Living a life of obedience I am sure was not easy for Jesus as he had tough choices to make. However, he knew total obedience to His Father was the only way to go no matter what. It made me remember that His own family did not always agree,approve, or understand what he was doing. An example is in Luke 2:41-52 where Mary and Joseph could not find Jesus anywhere. As a parent, I could imagine the fear, sadness, and stress of what they were going through, especially not knowing where he was for 3 whole days!! My response would have been the same as theirs in verse 48 asking how he could do that to Melinda and myself and how we would have been crying our eyes out looking for Him. His response for a twelve year old must have absolutely floored them when he asked in verse 49 how could they not know he was going about His Father’s business? In verse 50-51 it says they did not understand what he was saying and they took him home and he was subject to them but Mary kept the sayings in her heart. He obeyed his parents and went home with them, but because he obeyed God, he not only left an astonishing and favourable impression on everyone in the temple in verse 47, but in verse 52 God was faithful to His Son’s obedience and increased His wisdom and favour with himself and man.

Another example of how Jesus understood he must obey His Father even if His family did not approve is in Matthew 12:46-50. I am sure that earlier in the passage they did not approve of Jesus saying how He was greater than Jonah, was going to be in the earth for 3 days and nights like Jonah in the fish, and how Ninevah will be a judge over Israel because they repented for their sins. Since he was fully God, He knew they would not want to talk to Him but He spoke the truth anyway. And isn’t it awesome that in verse 50 He said that if we do the will of His Father we are His mother, brother, and sister. 

If we back up even further in Matthew to chapter 4, Jesus not only was tempted like we were, He made right choices, overcame Satan, and gave us the blueprint to do the same. In verse 2 it is written that Jesus was hungry. After 40 days I would be too! Isn’t it interesting that Satan tried to make Jesus sin at a very weak point? He does the same with us! However, in verses 4, 7, and 10 Jesus nailed Satan with The Word every time and caused him to leave. I think those days he spent in the temple hanging out with the leaders, asking them questions, and listening to God’s Word taught, paid dividends here. Obeying God always pays off in the present and helps us in the future too. Jesus proved that to us. 

When I read verse 16 in Hebrews I then understood why Paul wrote for us to come boldly before the throne of grace so we can get mercy and grace to help us. Jesus made that possible by living a sinless life, taking our place on the cross, and when the earthquake happened and the veil was torn in half, it was God’s way of telling us we can go before Him any time we want. How awesome is that?

Now if anyone out there is thinking that since Jesus was fully God He had it in the bag the whole time and did not have to choose to be obedient, Hebrews 5:8 drives the point home. It says “Though He were a Son, yet He LEARNED obedience by the things which He suffered;” In verse 9 it goes on to say “And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that OBEY Him;” Did you catch that? Jesus was the ultimate example for all of us and now He demands our obedience too.

Jesus made it quite clear that if we love him, we are to keep His commandments in John 14:15. However, He did not leave us hanging. In verse 16 he promised us the Comforter, (The Holy Spirit) who will be with us always. I just want to encourage everyone (including myself) to always obey God. When we do, He will bless us and always look after us. Even though we might not think so at the time, He ALWAYS has our best interests at heart. After all, He created us in HIS image, so He knows us better than we know ourselves.

I am so thankful that God opened my eyes to this truth. Once again, it just proves how God’s Word always proves itself accurate and powerful. I will end this post with Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 

God Bless You All!

 

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