03/25/12 Hebrews 5:7-9
Leader: Pastor Biebert
Meeting Time: 8:00 AM & 10:15 AM
WATCH GOD SUFFER.
Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus is able “to sympathize with our weaknesses.” As 100% human He was “tempted in every way just as we are—yet without sin.” People often misunderstand this verse, partly because they misunderstand what weakness is. It’s not weak to face temptation and feel that it’s overwhelming. It’s weak to give in to the easy option. Jesus faced every kind of temptation we do. In fact, He faced temptations we can’t even imagine. Yet He never gave in or up.
During which days of Jesus’ life did this happen (5:7)? What brought on His crisis of faith?
Nowhere in the Gospel accounts does it say anything about Jesus crying as He talked to His Father in the olive orchard. In Gethsemane He told people, “I’m so sad that I feel as if I’m dying” (Matthew 26:38). That’s Jesus experiencing a new sensation – guilt. “Christ carried the burden of our sins in His body on the cross” (1 Peter 2:24). It must have started in the olive grove. He felt the acquired guilt, a worldwide guilt, a guilt that spanned the ages. His dream was coming true – and becoming a nightmare. He felt what it is like to be not just a sinner, but the worst one of all time. As He faced the Cross, it wasn’t the physical pain that weighed on His mind. It was the fact that He would suffer damnation without ever leaving the cross. No one else has ever had to face the full, eternal sentence for every human being’s lifetime of sins.
Since Jesus is God, how can He dread death and suffering (5:7)?
“Don’t be afraid of people. They can kill your body. They cannot touch your soul. The only one you should be afraid of is the one who can destroy both your soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:29). No one else ever died the kind of death Jesus died. God treated Him like the worst sinner in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus knows suffering. He experienced the ultimate suffering. He can sympathize with us.
How did God answer Jesus’ prayers to rescue Him from a fate worse than death (5:7; Luke 22:43)?
As a human it’s a reflex to recoil from death, especially damnation. Jesus’ prayers weren’t an attempt to get out of what He came to do. “I must not ask My Father to keep Me from this suffering. No, this is why I came in the first place” (John 12:27).
How did Jesus show “reverent submission” when He prayed with “loud cries and tears” (5:7)?
Jesus needed to talk to His Father about the dreadful experience that awaited Him. He was praying for His Father’s help to make it the whole way.
How did Jesus learn obedience from suffering (5:8)?
We can read about and hear about burn victims’ pain. We can even see people who suffer from burns. But until we have been burned ourselves, we cannot completely sympathize with a burn victim. As God, Jesus knows what damnation for all the years and all the people and all the sins will be like.
6. Why does He have to learn anything (5:8)?
The phrase “being made perfect” does not suggest Jesus needed to improve in some area. The word means “made complete.” It’s got the same root word as what Jesus said at the end, “It is finished.”
7. Why did Jesus have to be “made perfect” (5:9)?
8. Since He already rescued us, why does everything depend on us “obeying Him” (5:9; Acts 6:7; Romans 1:5; 10:16; 1 Peter 1:22)?
Jesus “made perfect.” It’s referring to His mission, not His character. Jesus completely obeyed what the Father demands of each human. He did it on our place. He suffered the full, complete, and total punishment for our sins. That’s how He became “the source of eternal salvation.”
1. How does this section connect to John 12:20-33? What’s the connection to Jeremiah 31:31-34?
How do we deal with the accusation that what happened on the cross was “the greatest child abuse of all time”?
How can Jesus suffer the full, eternal punishment we deserve? He was only on the cross for six hours.