Summary: To show that our sufferings were already taken by JESUS on the Cross so we will no longer suffer.
Are you still suffering?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that our sufferings were already taken by JESUS on the Cross so we will no longer suffer.
Hebrews 5:8 (Amplified Bible)
5:8 Although He was a Son, He learned [active, special] obedience through what He suffered
I am quick to obey and enjoy GOD's Life now.
Though JESUS were a Son
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Though He were a Son, He learned obedience
"Although He was a Son, He learned [active, special] obedience"
Hebrews 1:5 (Amplified Bible)
1:5 For to which of the angels did [God] ever say, You are My Son, today I have begotten You [established You in an official Sonship relation, with kingly dignity]? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He will be to Me a Son?
Hebrews 1:8 (Amplified Bible)
1:8 But as to the Son, He says to Him, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever (to the ages of the ages), and the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of absolute righteousness (of justice and straightforwardness).
Hebrews 3:6 (Amplified Bible)
3:6 But Christ (the Messiah) was faithful over His [own Father’s] house as a Son [and Master of it]. And it is we who are [now members] of this house, if we hold fast and firm to the end our joyful and exultant confidence and sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].
Philippians 2:8 (Amplified Bible)
2:8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
CHRIST's obedience is indescribable, because He obeyed to the extreme of death, even the death of the most shamed death - death of the cross. Cross signifies to us "self denial", is the atonement of CHRIST for us. Obedience is something learned and experienced.
B. Though He were a Son, He suffered
"through what He suffered "
Three Greek words was used for the word "suffered", they are "pascho / patho / pentho" meaning:
1. to be affected or have been affected, to feel, have a sensible experience, to undergo
2. to experience a sensation or impression (usually painful): - feel, passion, suffer, vex.
CHRIST, as GOD ALMIGHTY can't experience sufferings because He's GOD, but in His Humanity, He "learned" or experienced death for everyone else, even those not yet born.
Hebrews 10:5-9 (Amplified Bible)
10:5 Hence, when He [Christ] entered into the world, He said, Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but instead You have made ready a body for Me [to offer];
10:6 In burnt offerings and sin offerings You have taken no delight.
10:7 Then I said, Behold, here I am, coming to do Your will, O God—[to fulfill] what is written of Me in the volume of the Book.
10:8 When He said just before, You have neither desired, nor have You taken delight in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings—all of which are offered according to the Law—
10:9 He then went on to say, Behold, [here] I am, coming to do Your will. Thus He does away with and annuls the first (former) order [as a means of expiating sin] so that He might inaugurate and establish the second (latter) order.
Isaiah 50:6 (Amplified Bible)
50:6 I gave My back to the smiters and My cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I hid not My face from shame and spitting.
Matthew 26:67 (Amplified Bible)
26:67 Then they spat in His face and struck Him with their fists; and some slapped Him in the face,
Matthew 27:30 (Amplified Bible)
27:30 And they spat on Him, and took the reed (staff) and struck Him on the head.
John 19:1-3 (Amplified Bible)
19:1 SO THEN Pilate took Jesus and scourged (flogged, whipped) Him.
19:2 And the soldiers, having twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and threw a purple cloak around Him.
19:3 And they kept coming to Him and saying, Hail, King of the Jews! [Good health to you! Peace to you! Long life to you, King of the Jews!] And they struck Him with the palms of their hands.