Learning Through Suffering

Some of the most interesting verses about the sufferings of Christ are Hebrews 5:8-9:

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”

His sufferings taught Him obedience! That is fascinating. Most people aren’t quite sure what to do with that one.

Did Christ really have to learn? Furthermore, did He have to learn obedience? I thought He was God in the flesh who knew what was in people’s hearts?

Then there’s the “being made perfect” bit. Surely the writer of Hebrews knows that Jesus is already perfect and didn’t have to go through a being made perfect process.

No doubt, most Christians have these answers down pat and can resolve them in nothing flat. I would merely encourage a few moments of reflection on these verses to understand the humanity of the one who suffered. Yes, He was God in the flesh, but He was tempted in every way like us. Peter says we are perfected by sufferings in the same way.

If Jesus learned from it, imagine how much we have to learn!?

This is our example. This is what we desire to be fellowshipped with. This is what we are now to do for others–to suffer for them.

2 thoughts on “Learning Through Suffering”

  1. Hey Jeff,

    If Jesus didn’t have the ability to fail, then folks would say it’s not fair that Christ will judge us in the end, because He had a unfair distinct advantage. But Paul tells us we all will be judged by a man, the man Jesus Christ, being like us, endued every temptation and overcame them all by faith. His obedience was made perfect by His suffering, His life is a perfect example of trusting in the Father, worthy is the Lamb.

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