Jesus’ Personal Struggles Hebrews Chapter 5: Part 2

16 November, 2021

Hebrews 5:5-11  ‘In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 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 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.’

There are about 12 important points from the above passage:

  1. Christ did not take up the office of the high priest by himself
  2. The Father chose him to be so

Psalms 2:7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.’

Psalms 110:4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

No high priest can take up that office by themselves.

  1. Today I have begotten you

What does today mean?  Christ came from the Father many years ago. We know the light came from the sun in the beginning. But when was the beginning? From the time the sun was present the light was. It is a dateless past. From the beginning the Father was and so was the Son.

It also shows the resurrection of Christ

Acts 2:24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.’

  1. He was declared a high priest forever

For the Jews, they are not ready to accept Jesus as the high priest. For them, a high priest should be from the lineage of Aaron. But Jesus is from the order of Mechizedek. 

  1. While on earth Jesus used to pray with loud cries to be saved from death

This is not about the prayer he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. In Hebrews 5:7 it says, during his days on earth. Which means multiple days while in the flesh he used to offer prayers and petitions with tears. Even Jesus had his own personal struggles. 

  1. His prayers were heard because of his godly fear

It was not easy for Jesus to obey God. Just like we have, Jesus had troubles. He was heard because it was not to escape from the Father’s will but to accept it. And he received the strength to face it. Do not misunderstand God. When you face a situation, it is to make you stronger and bolder.

  1. Though he was a son yet he learned obedience by the things he suffered

Does God need to obey anyone? But when Jesus came he obeyed the Father, his earthly parents and other elders. 

  1. Jesus was teachable

He was ready to learn from the teachers and instructors.

  1. Although he was the son of God, he learned obedience

Jesus was always obedient to his Father. Once perfected in obedience he became the author of salvation.

  1. It is through obedience he became the perfect saviour.
  2. Eternal Salvation is given to those who obey him
  3. Jesus is the high priest forever

1 Thessalonians 3:2-4

Acts 14:21-22

Romans 8:17

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About the Author

Ps. Damien Antony 

BRev. Damien Antonyorn and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.