“While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. 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 5:7-10
Even though Jesus was totally without sin, this did not make Him exempt from the frailty of human experience. Jesus was beset with the heartache and grief associated with human existence. We see this in Jesus’ prayers. His prayers told us that He depended on God. Through Jesus’ suffering we see that He learned to obey God, not that He was ever disobedient. We see Jesus praying as He went through the suffering that He experienced as human. The cross meant terrible agony of heart and body for Jesus, but He was obedient to His purpose for God. It was necessary for Him to go through the suffering so that He would be qualified to be our high priest. “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8) What do we see Jesus doing when He was going through suffering? He was praying. He was not complaining and asking God why He had to suffer. He was being obedient to His purpose and as He prayed, God gave Him the strength to continue. This is our example of what we need to do as we go through our heartache and pain.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)