Thursday, May 28th, 2009
"[Christ] learned obedience from the things he suffered." (Hebrews 5:8)
Christ Jesus is well-suited for his role as King of God's heavenly Kingdom. He had spent untold ages of time alongside Jehovah doing his Father's will, being His "master worker." (Proverbs 8:22-31) When Jehovah arranged for him to come to earth, Jesus willingly complied. There he focused on telling others about Jehovah's sovereignty and Kingdom. Jesus set an excellent example for all of us by being totally submissive to that sovereignty. (Matthew 4:17; 6:9) Jesus suffered persecution, and finally he was put to death. During his ministry, he was able to note the pitiful condition of humankind. Jesus' experience while on the earth made him more understanding and compassionate. He experienced firsthand the human family's condition. He could sympathize with those who suffer and could better appreciate his role in coming to their rescue.-Matthew 9:36; 11:28-30; Hebrews 2:17, 18; 4:14-16.
(Watchtower issue: 08/15/07, 2:9, 10)
*even though Jesus and Jehovah have a different concept of 'time' than we do as humans, -still, just imagine how long they've been waiting when it comes to their plans for the Kingdom arrangement. -Anytime you start to feel impatient about things not working out or getting done fast enough in your own life, it helps to stop & think about that. Because not only have they been patiently waiting during the centuries that followed Jesus' earthly life ... but they were already waiting all the years prior to his birth too! Just imagine how disappointing it would have been to observe so many humans at the start, showing such a lack of obedience & willingness to comply with Jehovah's laws and just doing whatever they felt like doing without caring how it affected or hurt other people around them.
I remember reading a pretty sobering point awhile back on this topic, how if you look at the beginning chapters of human history in Genesis, there are only 3 humans mentioned as being "righteous" & obedient to God during a 1500 year time-span! (Abel, Enoch, & Noah)
only 3 righteous people in 1500 years! that makes me sad =(
... but I'm happy there are so many more now. =)