“There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5 (NKJV)
Mediator: what does this word mean? Jesus paid the price of sin for us on the cross (1 Timothy 2:6). No one else could do it, or was even willing to (Romans 5:6-8). However, there is more to mediation than a blood sacrifice. The cross was Jesus’ method, but not his purpose. So what is that purpose? Whenever a problem appears in a human relationship – family, friendships, work, government, etc – people look for someone ‘neutral’ who can talk to each party and find a solution. They often find this mediator in an attorney, counselor, lobbyist, or pastor.
“I declare things that are right.” – Isaiah 45:19 (NKJV)
Is Jesus neutral? No. But he is still the only mediator between us and God the Father. Sin broke mankind’s relationship with God in Eden. Thanks to Satan’s suggestions and our own sinful natures, God became the ‘bad guy’ in our poisoned minds. We thought only he made mistakes. So we questioned God’s words, actions, and judgment at every opportunity.
But God graciously fixed this problem through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Not only did he pay the ransom for sin, but he also showed us who God really is – Father, Judge, King, Lord, etc (Matthew 11:27). Convicted of sin, we discovered that we were the ‘bad guys’ and that we had broken the relationship. So we humbled ourselves and repented. Our relationship restored, we now know that “God is good all the time.” This mediation does not end at conversion, however. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus reveals to us God’s true character (and our own) as we learn to trust and obey. One day, we will meet Jesus face to face. Then we will truly rejoice in him as our divine mediator.