During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. Hebrews 5:7-9
What comes to your mind when you picture Jesus? Stoic expression? Unflappable focus? Amazingly, He was able to resist Satan's temptation after prolonged fasting. He walked through life, eyes set on the cross, pausing long enough to do needed teaching and gracious healings. Then I read this passage.
This passage tells us of our Lord's great emotions. His prayers and petitions were made "with loud cries and tears" to the only One who could save Him from the cross. Even within the tears and requests, there was a "reverent submission." And through it all He "learned obedience." At the point of perfect submission He became the "source of eternal salvation."
But here's the question: Is Jesus your source of eternal salvation? By your own efforts, you cannot have a relationship with God no matter how hard and how long you try. Your baptism and religious classes do not save you. You cannot do enough good works to earn your way to the Father. It is by grace through faith that we place our confident trust in Jesus. I plead with you to trust in the work that He has already done for you.
Lord Jesus, I pray for those reading this today that don't know You as their personal Savior. Try as they might they cannot save themselves. So right now, I pray that they will believe in Your work on the cross, and trust in You alone to forgive their sins and place them into an eternal relationship with the Father. In Your name. Amen.