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 ESV)
Jesus was fully God and fully human. He did not live on his own power or pursue his own interests. He was completely dependent on his Father’s power and authority. He role modeled prayer, reverence, and obedience as an example of faith for us to follow.
By surrendering to the Father’s will, he lived a life without sin and became the perfect “source of eternal salvation.” He understands what it is like to be human because he became one of us. He is no stranger to pain and struggle, and he endured suffering until his death. He calls us brothers and friends, and he sacrificed himself because he loves us. Jesus is King and he is alive. He is not a distant God because his Holy Spirit lives in us. When we meditate on his humanity, we appreciate the connection he made with us. He is approachable, yet he remains stern on evil and will eradicate it in due time.
What a wonderful King we have in him because he doesn’t rule from afar! He is closer to us more than we can ever know.