Obedience is the way to Glory

Abraham, the father of our faith, obeyed God and left his father’s house to go to a land that he did not know. Our Lord Jesus left His Father’s house, in obedience, to come to this sin-sick world to save us.

Jesus honoured His Heavenly Father and kept the commandments. As He grew up, He also obeyed His earthly parents. He loved and cared for them. Even when He was dying on the cross, He asked one of His disciples to take care of His mother.

In the garden of Gethsemane, Matthew records that Jesus prayed three times. Each time He expressed His willingness to obey His Father’s will. He was still human in asking if there was another way. The Gospel of Luke says “Jesus knelt down and prayed: Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done”.

He was fully divine yet fully human and without sin, yet He experienced temptation and human weakness, hunger and weariness. In His unique nature and experience, He can fully relate to our struggles. He performed the high priestly duties required by the Law for the forgiveness of our sins as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

“Son though he was, Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered and once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:8–10a).

In John 15:10 Jesus said to His disciples, “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my father’s commands and remain in his love. If you love me, you will obey me”.

The cross in our own lives equals obedience. As children of God, we are co-heirs with Christ: “we share in His sufferings in order that we also share in His glory” (Romans 8:17).

It is our obedience that sets us apart as authentic children of God.