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Devotional - week of July 10, 2016


THE MATURING OF JESUS

… though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.  Hebrews 5:8

The Gospel of Luke provides light on the maturing of Jesus as a child.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.  Luke 2:52.

Hebrews 5:8 provides insight into the maturing of Jesus as an adult. Both passages magnify the humanity of Jesus.

Jesus could not mature in His deity; He could only mature in His humanity.

The revelation that Jesus learned obedience is within a passage concerning Jesus as our High Priest. His suffering through obedience was preparing Him as High Priest for all who suffer through obedience to the Father.

All believers are also priests and are equipped for their priesthood through suffering. Read 2 Corinthians 1:5-6:

For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

As believers suffer in their walk with God, they know Jesus prays for them with personal knowledge of what they experience. They also know that Jesus is their example of being equipped for priesthood through suffering.

These truths have special meaning for those living out their union with Christ. Read Paul’s statement to Timothy:

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  2 Timothy 2:12