Why Did Jesus Have To Learn Obedience?

When we think about the earthly life of Jesus we usually do not consider that He needed to learn obedience, because He was sinless, but Hebrews 5:8 says of our Lord, “Though He was a son, He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Why would one who is sinless need to learn obedience? Learning obedience is not always learning the difference between good and evil or right and wrong, sometimes it is about learning the difference between what is good and what is the best.

Think about the time Jesus was twelve years old and He spent three days in the temple, in Luke 2:41-51. Jesus spending time in the temple was good because He was about His Father’s business. In no way was Jesus disobedient or not honoring to His parents, in fact He was confused of why they did not automatically know where He would be. I can imagine He went to the temple with the expectation His family would come and get Him when it was time to leave. The Bible says in verses 51and 52, that Jesus went back with His parents to Nazareth and continued in subjection to them, increasing in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man.

Even though Jesus was far above His years in wisdom and understanding, God decided it was best for Jesus to stay with His earthly parents. While Jesus desired the good of being about his Father’s business, He suffered in that He denied His flesh to have the best in following God’s plan for His life.

Father, help us to choose the best of Your will over the good of our plans. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.