We’re studying the book of Hebrews in our Sunday school class and yesterday we covered most of chapter 5. Verse 7 is a very interesting verse:
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. —Hebrews 5.7
Really? Jesus was heard? But wait, he still suffered and died on the cross. How was that being heard?
Yes, He was heard, at the resurrection. At the resurrection, He was satisfied.
Out of the anguish of his soul He shall see and be satisfied… —Isaiah 53.11a
Or as songwriter James Ward puts it:
The results of His suffering, He shall see
He will be satisfied
And the blood of His suffering covers me
He will be satisfied
He will not leave my soul in the graveside
And my life will return like a wave of time!
He shall be satisfied…
So, how about us? When we suffer, does God see and hear and when will we be satisfied? Perhaps this helps answer that question:
|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.–Hebrews 5.7||When we suffer, God sees and hears, yet we still suffer, just as Jesus suffered in Gethsemane and on the cross. Jesus’ plea was answered in the resurrection. When we suffer it may seem He doesn’t hear us—our “resurrection” may not come immediately, but we will be satisfied.|
In the past 21 months I have often wondered if He has heard my pleas and when will I be satisfied? Hebrews is helping me see that He does see and hear and knows our needs. In Hebrews 4.15 we read: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. The Greek for the word sympathize is akin to experientially come along side. We’re not being asked to do anything, to endure anything, to resist any temptation that Jesus hasn’t done, endured or resisted.
So, my satisfaction is here and now—because He has done it all for me. He is my satisfaction. Here and now He has provided all that I need. Not all that I want, but all that I need. In 1 Timothy we read: But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. —1 Timothy 6:6–8.
Godliness with contentment…may we all have that and celebrate it.