“Jesus — our Mediator”
The word ‘Mediator’ does not appear often in the scriptures, but the concept is everywhere and it is always associated with the grace of God. It is important that we realize God never allows us to take His grace for granted. Grace is miraculous and results in salvation for all who will believe in and receive Jesus Christ. Grace is victorious and it displays God’s wisdom, love and power.
No wonder Newton wrote the words, “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” While grace is amazing, God faithfully warns us that though He is good and loving, He is at the same time, against those who persist in sin.
Peter Lewis gives us a great definition of a mediator. “A mediator is a middleman, one who stands between two parties, representing the intentions of both and protecting the interests of both.”
Jesus Christ is God’s perfect mediator. As the Son of God, He represents God to us. As the Son of Man, He represents us to God. Jesus is committed to seeking to reconcile us to God. In 2 Corinthians 5:18, Paul wrote, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ ..” In verse 19, he continues — “that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” The word reconcile means to restore to a harmonious relationship.
The saving ministry of Jesus Christ, I believe is summed up in a statement that Paul made in 1 Timothy 2:5 ¾ “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus (6) who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
A Mediator is one who brings together parties who are out of communication and may even be alienated, estranged, or at war with each other The mediation must have solid links with both sides as to identify with and maintain the interests of both and represent each of the other on a basis of goodwill.
· Moses was the mediator between God and Israel.
“What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.”
· He spoke to Israel on God’s behalf when God gave the law.
“Now all the people witnessed the thundering, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. 19 Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” 21 So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.”
· He spoke to God on Israel’s behalf when Israel sinned
Exodus 32:9 – 33:17
Consider this — every member of our fallen and human race is by nature in “enmity against God” Romans 8:7
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”
· We stand facing God’s wrath He is our Judge and as such expresses active anger at our sins.
Romans 1:18 ¾
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in righteousness”
Romans 2:5-9 ¾
But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek”.
Romans 3:5-6 ¾
“But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) 6 Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?”
We are sinners by nature and in fact or by practice. As such, we are separated from God. Isaiah 59:1-3
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies,
Your tongue has muttered perversity.”
God is holy and wants us to be holy. He wants us to be reconciled to Him. In 2 Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ: (vs 18) The whole plan of redemption is God-centered.
In Romans 11:36, Paul wrote, “For of Him, and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen”
Objectively and once for all, Christ achieved reconciliation for His people through penal substitution. On the cross He took our place, carried our identity as the apostle wrote, “Christ has redeemed from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us.”
By the sacrificial shedding of His blood, He made peace for us. In Ephesians 2:16-18, we read, “and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father”
The peace referred to here means an end to hostility, guilt and exposure to the retributive punishment we deserve and would be unavoidable were it not for Christ being the propitiation for our sins. He is the “God placed lightening rod” we recently spoke of diverting God’s wrath from us and sparing us from a fate worse than death.
I want to conclude this study on Christ, as our Mediator, by seeing this role being carried out by three roles or offices attributed to Him. The Bible speaks of our Lord as a Prophet, Priest and King.
In Hebrews, Jesus is the Messianic King, exalted to His throne.
1:3 ¾who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
4:16 ¾ Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
2:9 ¾ But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
In 2:17, 4:14-5:10, He is the Great High Priest who offered Himself to God as a sacrifice for our sins.
“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
Christ is also the apostle or messenger who proclaimed the message (gospel) concerning Himself. (Hebrews 3:1-6; 2:1-4)
In Acts 3:22-26, Jesus is specifically spoken of as a Prophet … “who will turn every one of you from your iniquities.”
Folks, join with me right now in thanking God for our perfect Mediator, Jesus Christ who came to reconcile us back to the Father. Praise His holy name!
In His Glory,