“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.”
The writer wants to make sure we understand the time frame he is discussing. He is writing about the time that Jesus was in human form. This suggests to me that the “days of his flesh” were limited. He wasn’t flesh prior to His incarnation into flesh, and He didn’t stay in the flesh when He left the earth and returned to heaven. This is not how many see it, but I think it is suggested in this particular statement.
While in the fleshly form Jesus, like others of flesh, was in need of prayer and supplication. He felt the need to the extreme it seems as He sometimes cried out loud and shed tears in those prayers. A reading of some of David’s psalms will re-enforce the idea. Jesus was human and felt the pain and anguish of fleshly life. His mission was such that He required the extra help that only God can give. We are no different than Him in that regard. We too may find ourselves in constant need of prayer, and our supplications may often be accompanied by tears and loud cries.
How wonderful to know that we have a high priest who has done the same and understands the difficulty we are experiencing in those low times. The same God, who was able to save Jesus, is also available to us. The cup confronting Jesus was not removed; He had to drink it. The good news is that He was not left in the grave and neither will His brothers. God did save Jesus, and it was because of His life of reverence. All glory was given to God by Jesus.
Task for Today: Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop asking. Cry out if you need to, it’s all right. God will wipe away the tears, so it’s okay to shed them. Just keep in mind the key to Jesus salvation from death. It was His obedience. It is your key, as well.