Cries And Tears

Cries And Tears

 
Read Hebrews Chapter 5
 
Heb 5:7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. 8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered 9 and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him 10 and was designated by God to be High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
 
There is a lot to think about in this passage. We can only begin to ponder its depth, so here goes.
 
Have we ever thought about how much agony Jesus experienced while on earth? Of course, we have considered the agony of His last few days and the horrific death He suffered on the cross. But He suffered much more than that during his short years on earth. This passage gives us some clues as to what His life was like.
 
We are likely to think that when Jesus was in His earthly body, He spent much time fellowshipping with His Father, God. I’m sure that He did. But it wasn’t all flowers and cherry pie. Verse 7 says that He “offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears.” Does that sound like He had an easy and comfortable life?
 
Being the Son of God, why would He have to pray with loud cries and tears? Didn’t the Father supply all He needed while on earth? Didn’t the Father know what Jesus needed even before He prayed? Why would Jesus have to pray in order to make sure He completed the task before Him? Why would Jesus have to think about praying to the “One who could save Him from death? Wasn’t it a given that God was going to save Jesus from death? Why did Jesus have to agonize in prayer? 
 
The answers to these questions could be pondered for a long, long time, and even then we might not come up with the correct answers. We can speculate, and might even stumble into some right thoughts. But we are not going there. Instead, we are going to find some application to our lives.
 
What makes us believe that somehow we should have an easy life if we are one of His followers? We should erase those kinds of thoughts from our minds forever. If Jesus suffered while in the flesh, we also will. If we live for Him, we will suffer too. There will be times when we are forced to offer up our prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears. Nothing comes easy in this life. If we are living a life of ease, we should be wondering if we are truly living for Him. There is good reason why this is true.
 
Our enemy, the devil, tempted and tormented Jesus severely and often. He was tempted in every way that we are tempted. Satan, knowing that he would be defeated if Jesus fulfilled His mission on earth, tried his best to derail that plan by tempting Jesus to sin. By the same token, Satan wishes to defeat us as well. If we are living for Christ, we are also on a mission. We have a part to play in God’s perfect plan. Knowing that, will our enemy leave us alone and allow us to live a life of ease? Not on your life!
 
There is more. Verse 8 tells us that Jesus learned obedience from what He suffered. That’s how we learn also. It is highly unlikely that we ever learn any spiritual lessons when our lives are going smoothly. The opposite is more likely. We are likely to believe that we don’t need God when things are going well. History shows us that men fall away from God during good times and draw near to Him in bad times. When we suffer, and are forced to reach out to our Savior, we learn valuable spiritual lessons, just as Jesus did. He learned to trust and obey through His trials.
 
One last thought. God heard the cries and tears from Jesus “because of His reverent submission.” Our SSA lives must be given to Him in reverent submission. Jesus led a perfect life, whereas we are unable to do so. We have His perfection added to our account because of our Father’s indescribable mercy and grace. Nevertheless, we are required to give our lives to Christ in obedience and submission. Let us never believe we can continue to indulge in willful same-sex sins. Our mistakes will not prevent us from receiving His grace, so long as we are repentant. Nonetheless, our hearts must be in tune to Him in reverent submission.
 
Prayer: Lord, this is deeper than we can comprehend. Please continue to speak to our hearts. Continue to teach us and sanctify us. Remind us often of our obligation to live for You without regard to what kinds of difficulties we are suffering, especially our same-sex temptations. Give us the strength to continue along Your pathway no matter how hard our lives might be.
 
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