Hebrews 5 – “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8)

JESUS was of our nature, and the Apostle Paul finds no incongruity in describing him as sent “in the likeness of sinful flesh”. As long as that flesh remained unhumiliated, the possibility of sin remained, and the life of temptation continued. It was the seat of potential sin, and to cling to it would have been pride. The proper culmination of a life in which all had been done to the glory of God, was to repudiate that which, from its ancestry, bore the stamp of rebellion against God.

This Jesus did in submitting to the Crucifixion … There was nothing glorious or beautiful about “the wondrous Cross on which my Saviour died”, though it was wonderfully calculated to make us “pour contempt on all our pride”. What hung there was put to shame.

ALFRED NORRIS, Understanding the Bible, page 76.


5For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.