Leaning on Him
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. And God designated him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 5:8-10 From the experience of our Lord Jesus Christ, there are things in life that we only learn through suffering. We try our best to bear our burden and fail to realize that Christ’s example while He was here on earth provided us the assurance of His commonality with our experience. To miss this realization at times could lead to discouragement. Christ’s suffering and victory provide us an image of the triumph that He wants us to attain while dealing with difficulties in life. Though He is the Son of God, perfect and sinless, suffering resulted in His completeness. As the author of book of Hebrews said, “he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.” This means that He can save us to the utmost. He carries us and bears our names on His shoulders and is filled with compassion for us. He took all our sins at the cross and promised to carry our present burdens. “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Do not allow bitterness to overcome you when dealing with difficulties in life for it could lead to closing parts of your life and missed out on His priestly ministry tending to your needs. God wants us to learn important lessons that could only be achieved when we go through trials in life. Similarly, Job’s experienced going through trials in life is God’s way of testing him so he could “come out as pure as gold” (Job 23:10). He is our High Priest that intercedes for us for He identifies with what we go through in life. Let us have Paul’s longing and understand that when we suffer, we come to “know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead” (Philippians 3:10). Instead of relying on our strength and run away from Him when dealing with trials in life, let us draw ourselves to Him.
Noel De Guzman