This is off the subject, but it speaks to the point I wish to make in the current theme of doing as Jesus did, or living out the Jesus Style. Anyway, often when discussing the deity of Jesus with folks who don’t believe he is God (a god, perhaps, but not the God), I am told that he obeyed the Father, showing he was subject to him. How can God be subject to God? I reply to this by saying, “Of course Jesus obeyed the Father, because he took upon himself the form of a servant. Servants are obedient to a higher authority. If God became man (a servant), as a servant he would need to be obedient to the power higher than the status of the servant” (cp. Philippians 2:7-8).
Notice that in Philippians 2:8 that the One who became man (a servant) also became obedient, showing that in his original ‘form’ (i.e. God’s form) obedience was not an issue. God acts out of his inherent character, but man must build character. A baby has no moral fiber innate to its spirit. Integrity is a product of practicing a specific way of life. When the One who became Jesus exchanged his godly form for the form of a servant, he took upon himself the nature of man—a nature that needed to be educated.
If the One who became Jesus, became obedient (Philippians 2:8), how did that happen? We learn in Hebrews 5:8 that Jesus learned (G3139) obedience through those things he suffered (G3958). What does this mean? What it does not mean is that Jesus had to be ‘spanked’ into obedience. The Greek word used for learned is also used in Matthew 11:29. There the picture concerns two oxen under a yoke. The one ox learns to copy the more experienced ox by means of a yoke. The yoke teaches the younger ox how to keep in step with the older one. In other words, the younger ox images the steps of the older ox by means of the yoke. So, in context of Hebrews 5:8, the One who became Jesus learned obedience or became obedient through the yoke of suffering. This makes Jesus the younger ox in the imagery of Matthew 11:29. What does this mean?
We are told that no one had ever seen (John 1:18) or knew (Matthew 11:27) God, but the One who became Jesus has fully declared him (cp. John 1:18 & Matthew 11:27). Again in Hebrews 1:1-3 we are told that Jesus is the express image of God. Therefore, if we follow this logic, our God is a suffering God. The human nature of Jesus was taught to be like God through the yoke of suffering. Think about this for a moment. It wasn’t that Jesus didn’t know right from wrong (the Law), but, rather, he lived like God by choosing the way of suffering—rejection, being put at naught, dying the death of the cross etc. (cp. Philippians 2:8; Mark 8:21; 9:12). Why? We find Isaiah telling us of God’s loving kindness and mercies, showing how he had treated his people (Isaiah 63:7-8). Yet, God was distressed in all their afflictions (Isaiah 63:9). In other words God suffers along with his people! The Angel of his Presence (the One who became Jesus) saved them (Isaiah 63:9; cp. Philippians 2:7-8).
What does all this mean for us? God created us in his image (Genesis 1:26-27). If God is touched by the troubles of his people and suffers along with them (Isaiah 63:9), we who are his should do the same. We need to share in the suffering of our brethren who are heavily laden with trouble (Matthew 11:28; cp. Philippians 2:1-5). Obedience is not something that is done through law—you must not do this, and you must do that etc. Rather, obedience learned through suffering is a choice to share in the burden of others in order that they might find peace and consolation. It is choosing to burden ourselves, so the burden of someone else might be lighter. This is what the One who became Jesus did by becoming man (John 1:14). It is what God does throughout our lives (Isaiah 63:9). If we wish to be like God, we need to be like our brother also and share his load. If we love God, we will love our brother (1John 4:20-21). Love is a choice, and to image God—to be like him—is a choice. Jesus chose to take part in our suffering. To follow Jesus, to be his disciple, to take his yoke upon us (Matthew 11:29) is to choose to take part in the suffering of our brethren (Philippians 3:10).
 As I said HERE, this current theme about the person of Jesus is based upon the book: The Jesus Style by Gayle Erwin. They are my thoughts about his book. He may or may not agree with the impression his book has made upon me, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading what Gayle wrote and recommend his book to anyone who is looking for a good read about Jesus.