In the days of his flesh, [Jesus] offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him. (Hebrews 5:7-9)
It’s strange, Father, to think that Jesus had to learn obedience and be made perfect. He came from you, he came of his own volition, he was born without original sin. This word “perfect” must speak of more than being without sin, for he was that way from the beginning. Why then do you say that he had to be made perfect? Does the word perfect here mean something more? Mature? Complete? Fully prepared? Qualified?
Because he came as an infant, and because you speak of him learning obedience through suffering, does “being made perfect” speak of the natural process of growth required for him to reach maturity? Is this the perfection you speak of here? Though he was sinless his whole life, did he reach perfection as he lived his life in trust and obedience to you, Father? Was he made perfect as he faced each temptation of the devil and resisted it? As he shirked all the shortcuts and walked the long path of obedience and suffering, then was he made perfect? In this was he being made ready to be the perfect and complete high priest who has been tempted just as we have?
Regardless of what, exactly, “perfect” means, it was accomplished through his reverent submission to you, even in suffering. And in this matured, perfect state, he was able — qualified — to accomplish the work you had for him, that of our “priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek”. Being made perfect Jesus became High Priest, Savior, Messiah, Deliverer.
Now he offers eternal salvation to us — to me. If we obey him. If we along with him reverently submit to you.
I desire this eternal salvation. Father, I want all that Jesus offers me. Like Jesus, I offer up my prayers and supplications. As he did, I submit to you reverently, even when temptations and trials bring me to loud cries and tears. Help me to do so, Lord, for I want to obey. I want to hold firm to the end. I want to grow in Christ toward maturity and completeness — toward perfection
As I submit and obey, I trust you, Father, through your Holy Spirit to lead me there.