Jesus was 100% God, but He was also 100% man. He had to learn to do everything He did. He had to learn to speak, to walk, to talk, to read, to gather information and to use that information for His purposes, the purposes to which the Father had sent Him. It wasn’t an automatic. And because of this, this learning process, I am even more grateful and appreciative and in awe of this wonderful Savior who came to us to teach us, to show us how we could change our lives, how we could experience transformation from strictly physical to physical beings who are spiritually aware.
But in order to be transformed, we must learn the proper procedures, the techniques that form in our hearts the love Jesus so freely gives us and then enables us to show that same love to others, no matter how much they may wound us or how much we may have wounded them. You see one of the habits we must form is the habit of forgiveness. It may be the most difficult thing we do in our walk with Christ. But this is not optional for us. It is a commandment from Jesus. But only if you desire to be forgiven the things you may have done to offend God
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. NKJV
Jesus practiced forgiveness even while on the cross. He forgave those who put Him there. That’s impressive. So don’t tell me you can’t forgive your children for not remembering your birthday. Or even the person who took advantage of you and stole everything you owned. Or even the drunk driver who took the life of your child. We have no other option. We must learn to forgive.
As Jesus grew from being a boy and into a man he learned. We discover in Luke 2:52
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
But Jesus learned in many ways. His life was a life of learning and then imparting that knowledge to His disciples. He was an extremely intelligent, I’m pretty sure if He was tested for IQ He would be genius, as we understand genius, but His genius was different inasmuch as He included His spirit in all His doings. He was spiritually aware from day one. He understood the difference between the Spirit and the flesh and this awareness gave Him an edge. We can have that same edge. We need merely do the same thing, be aware of the world of the spirit.
There was a reason Jesus began His ministry at the age of 30. He was learning during those first 30 years. He was developing His entire being. He was gaining an understanding of what it was to be a physical being who owned a spirit and a mind and He was learning to use all of those things together so He could teach us how to use all those things together.
Physical habits are us using only one facet of our being. And they are usually us learning to satisfy that facet of our being, our flesh. We eat until we are no longer healthy. We chase after sex until we no longer understand the purpose of it. We desire things in our lives that have no more spiritual meaning than a pair of pliers. We fail at chasing spiritual things and only for one single reason: We fail to understand what our spirit is.
As we come into the knowledge of the spiritual part of us, we inevitably make the same mistake. We try to make our physical being in charge of our spiritual being. It needs to be the other way around. Our spirit needs to be in charge. But we have been so long with the understanding that our flesh is in need of satisfaction that it only seems natural to make the spirit subservient to the flesh, and so we do.
Sunday morning, time for church? I’m tired. I worked a long shift last night. I was partying last night. Won’t hurt to miss one Sunday. Hit your thumb with a hammer? Scream a few obscenities and throw some things around the room, that’ll make everything better. See the hot guy or the beautiful girl standing there? Let’s check that out. You want to pay me an obscene amount of money to do what? Well, ok, as long as it’s only once…..
Our spirit hates that stuff. Our spirit knows that the spirit world is all that matters. And yet he can’t seem to make us understand. So even when we have the knowledge of the world of the spirit at our fingertips, even when we have a wonderful teacher who gives us great messages on what our spirit wants us to know, even when men and women who have died to bring us closer to the knowledge and wisdom of God, we ignore it, we act as though we haven’t heard it, because we have not learned to make our flesh subservient to our spirit and form new habits that will draw us into the presence of the Lord. It’s like we have an escalator to heaven waiting for us to step up but we just are waiting at the bottom and don’t dare to move.
Sometimes that’s why God allows us to suffer, to go through trials and various tribulations. Could it be that we must learn the same way our Master learned? Jesus learned through much suffering. Hebrews 5:8
though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Have you ever considered that Jesus may have had a thought or two of disobedience? When he was a young boy, about 12 years old, He was so caught up in the conversation he was having with the teachers at the temple, that he ignored His parents and stayed behind for days until His parents went back to get Him. Yet when they found Him, He submitted to them because they were His parents, But this had nothing to do with suffering.
It was many years later, in the garden, He questioned His heavenly Father regarding the trial He was about to suffer. He asked to be spared the suffering if there were any other way. He saw in His mind what was going to happen and He didn’t want to do it. And yet when the answer came back, “NO! You must endure this suffering. If you do not, then each person who has sinned must go through this torture, this pain, because their sin is great.” He chose to take my place on that cross, He chose to die for you, so that you would not have to…and the key is found in the next verse…. Hebrews 5:9
And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
The perfection was found in the suffering He underwent for it was in that suffering, that horrible death that led to His resurrection and all the glory associated with that event. He rose to life and has shown each of us how we can also live eternally. All we must do is be obedient. Is it possible that we may die in such a horrible way? Yes, it is. But the promise remains. If we are faithful, even unto the end, we will discover this perfection as well. And then we will have eternity to jump for joy!