FROM THE PASTOR
5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;
6 as he says also in another place,
“You are a priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.”
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9 and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10 having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews is a beautifully written, very eloquent letter. Most scholars agree this is not one of Paul’s letters and most likely was written by a woman. Whatever the case, some much may be learned from Hebrews and, when studied, this letter opens one’s eyes to great possibilities as a follower of Christ.
In just these few verses, we see references to prayer, supplication, submission, and obedience. No doubt, these are important elements of discipleship. But let us not overlook the reference to suffering. Many of us tend to forget suffering is also very much a part of discipleship. It is in our obedience to God, carrying out that which has been put in our charge, suffering may occur. At no time did Jesus say being a disciple was easy and pain free. In fact, he said and demonstrated in his lifetime on earth, that discipleship, submission to God’s will, may cause great suffering. Hence, the need for prayer and supplication.
Yet, ultimately, whether there be tears and loud cries or not, God remains faithful to us, watches over us, and saves us. The author of Hebrews wants us to understand “God loves us.”
Grace, Peace & Mercy to all,