For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5, NIV)
A mediator is a person who acts as a go-between and assists in communication and negation between two or more parties that cannot reach an agreement on their own. The primary goal of a mediator is to bring about a resolution with which everyone is satisfied.
In the case of Christians, Jesus Christ is our mediator with God. But why do we need a mediator? The answer is simple: sin. Sin stands between us and God. It separates us from Him. Sin is why Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. We cannot overcome sin on our own. We cannot ever become good enough on our own to be in God’s glorious presence.
And God wants us in His presence! He loves us and wants us with Him! But He cannot abide sin, and sin cannot be overlooked. A mediator was needed. A way to cleanse mankind of their sin so that we can reside eternally with the Lord God in His presence.
Therefore, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to earth, as a man. He was sent as a mediator, to bridge the gap between Himself and us. Before Jesus, Jews were required to make ritual sacrifices for their sins. Jesus became the ultimate, the final sacrifice needed. He lived a life free from sin, and then took all the sins of the world upon Himself and died. His death forged a bridge between us and God. His death covered our sins, allowing us to one day stand before God’s glorious presence.
The author of Hebrews acknowledges Jesus as “the mediator of a new covenant” (Hebrews 9:15, 12:24). Jesus’ death and resurrection established a new covenant between mankind and God, Jesus became the link between mankind and God, covering the sins of mankind, allowing us to access God in a way that had not previously been possible.
So what does this mean for us? Without Jesus, there would be no mediator between mankind and the Lord God. Jesus came to cover our sins, clothing us in righteousness so that we can stand before the Lord God. All we must do is place our faith and trust in Him. Have you done this?
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