And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. -Luke 2:52 (NASB)
I have alway brushed by this verse, assuming that it meant that Jesus simply grew up, and that it had to do with the eyes of men. Being God, it would be impossible for Him to increase in wisdom. He knows (knew) everything, right?
There is one thing that Jesus did not know, and that was servitude or obedience. He knew what it meant, but he had never experienced it.
Being God, he was not subject to anyone or anything. Within the perfection of the Godhead, there would have been no need for obedience, obedience is necessary because of sin.
Hebrews 5:8 says: “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.”
Think about this. The Son of God humbled Himself and became obedient. He learned obedience experientially. Why?
So that, as Hebrews goes on to say…”And having been made perfect, (complete) He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek -Heb 5:8-10 (NASB)
Jesus’ obedience was necessary in order to save mankind.
Often times we think of obedience as though it is just a juvenile thing, that maturity means we no longer need to be obedient to anyone.
If His obedience was necessary, how much more is ours necessary to become the men and women that He wants us to be.
If we would be mature people, we will be obedient. Not by coercion, but by choice.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. -Phil 2:5-8 (NASB)