The Apostles taught in their letters that Jesus is our Mediator and Redeemer. And though the gospels don’t record Jesus using these titles for himself, hardly a page of them passes without the reader observing that Jesus was mindful of His mission to redeem or ransom sinful people for God, to reconcile them to God, to mediate between holy God and sinful men, women, and children.
[Ecce Homo (“Behold, the Man”), by Caravaggio, 1606. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.]
This post is a quick reminder to Christians and non-Christians alike that Jesus is the focus of Christian faith because He is the only mediator between us and God. Here’s a slightly deeper look at why we call Jesus our Mediator…
Why do we call Christ our Mediator?
By calling Christ our mediator, we confess first the fact of our natural alienation from God, our state of enmity with him, and our inability to approach His Majesty on our own merits. Our inability is due not only to our moral bondage to sin, but also to God’s curse upon sin. Like Adam, we have been driven out of His presence, cursed, banished. Therefore, we cannot return to God’s favor unless one whom God favors intercedes for us and reconciles us to Him.
Second, by calling Christ our Mediator, we confess that God has mercifully appointed a mediator for us of His own choosing. He has not left us without hope in the world; He has not utterly locked the door upon us. However, a mediated relationship with God is the only possibility of an amiable relationship with Him.
No one comes to the Father except through me.–John 14:6b
Third, by calling Christ our Mediator, we confess that Jesus of Nazareth is the only mediator between us and God. He is God’s chosen man. He alone represents us before God, and we have no say in the terms of our return. We bring nothing to a bargaining table. No, we are brought to a banquet table of God’s favor, by Christ, and for his sake. He alone can heal the breach and reconcile us to God; and in rejecting him, we remain under God’s curse.
Do you sense in your soul the infinite divide between you and God? Rejoice! For Christ, your Mediator, has brought you in peace to God, and He rejoices to receive you.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.–1 Timothy 2:5
I hope this reminder will fan the flames of prayer and worship in your heart. May you grasp how high and deep and wide is the love of God for you in giving His only Son, your Mediator, to rescue you from your hopeless estate so that you might belong to God.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself…–2 Corinthians 5:18
This Sunday, let us join together with our local congregations to worship Jesus Christ, our Mediator.
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