"Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation," (Hebrews 5:8, 9).
* Although our gracious Lord is vitally interested in what happens to us, He is equally concerned with the lessons we need to learn through what happens to us. He even uses suffering, when necessary, to have us learn obedience. Yet, as we submit to His sovereign authority, our sonship is confirmed and He is glorified.
* Time and again, in the New Testament, the pattern of the Lord Jesus' obedience to His Father is set forth as our model for obedience to Him as Savior and Lord.
Indeed, obedience is here synonymous with saving faith, identifying those who have eternal life.
The sobering side of these verses is the vehicle God sometimes uses to teach obedience--- suffering.