4-Jesus In Subjection to Leaders

Day 4: Jesus, In Subjection to Leaders and Authorities

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: Hebrews 5:7-9

Assignment: Make an extensive list of the people that have authority over you.

Lesson to Learn: Jesus was in subjection to the authorities God had placed in His life and we must be also.

It seems strange to think of Jesus, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, ever having to be in subjection to anyone. Jesus took on human form and became a servant (Philippians 2:7). In this lesson you will examine the areas of Jesus’ life in which He was in subjection to His leaders and authorities.

1. Hebrews 5:7-9— Jesus’ prayers were empowered by His ‘reverent submission’. A lifetime of fervent prayers only had meaning and purpose because Jesus learned obedience from the things that He suffered. He did not rebel against the authority in His life. He embraced it! Even the fact that He was a son did not exempt Him from obedience. How much more should we be willing to submit to the authorities God has placed in our life? And from this ‘reverent submission’ in our life we will empower our prayers.

2. Luke 2:51 — Jesus was obedient to His parents. Even when his parents didn’t understand Him or His purpose, He did not use this as an excuse to be disobedient or disrespectful (cf. John 2:1-11).

3. Matthew 3:13-17 – Jesus submitted to the will of God that was being preached by the prophet John, even though from a practical standpoint this was unnecessary. Jesus was a sinless man and yet, because God’s prophet was preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 1:4), He submitted to this. He says it is to fulfill all righteousness. How often do we disobey God or God’s authorities in our life because we think that obedience is unnecessary or that it doesn’t apply to us? Do we have the attitude of Jesus? In other words, do we want to fulfill all righteousness?

4. Matthew 23:1-4 — Jesus expects us to obey the authorities in our life even if those authorities do not live up to the standard they are laying out. We must do what they say, but not what they do. We must even be in subjection to hypocritical leadership!

If Jesus obeyed the authorities in His life, can we live our lives free from obedience to those in authority? The obvious answer is “no”. List five reasons why you find it hard to be in subjection to people who have authority over you. Show this list to a close friend and ask him or her to comment on it.

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