15 September 2007

Hebrews 5:1-10

"In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered, and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvations for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek". (v.7-10)


The letter of Hebrews unites the themes of Christ's deity and humanity, his dignity and humility. The submissive resignation of Jesus is portrayed here with a keen eye for both historical detail and spiritual interpretation.

We are taken by the writer of Hebrews to the Garden of Gethsemane, to the greatest crisis faced by Jesus when utter loneliness must have flooded his whole being and his sweat became like drops of blood. The disciples slept some way off leaving Jesus to face this most agonising moment utterly alone.

Christians would not have to face greater grief than this faced by Christ even if they were tested to the very limits of human endurance. Jesus would be with them as one who had fully entered into human anguish and strain. But in order to achieve this complete union with us, Jesus had to submit himself entirely to God in complete obedience. Sometimes we are overwhelmed when we remember Christ's suffering for us.

To Ponder

Perhaps there is grief or anguish within you today, let Christ enter into it with you and do not hold back.

Is there somebody in your life who needs you to walk with them through their grief?

Bible notes author

Revd Eden Fletcher

The Revd Eden Fletcher is the Superintendent Minister for the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (Brunswick Central) Circuit, having previously served as Chaplain to Kent College, Canterbury, a Methodist school and minister at Westminster Central Hall, London. Eden is committed to city centre ministry believing that the Church has a key role in promoting strong community in the heart of city and promoting Christian values in a commercial/retail context.