Of all the names and titles of Jesus the one we most often forget is Mediator. We quickly remember the names and titles; Christ, Alpha and Omega, Son of man, the Lamb of God, Lion of Judah, Savior, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Emmanuel, and God. As I’ve said a other posts there are 200 or so names and titles that give us insight into Jesus’ character. The one that we most often forget though is Mediator.
1 Timothy 2:5 NIV For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
The definition of a mediator is a person who attempts to make people involved in a conflict come to an agreement; a go-between.
A mediator enters into a dispute between two parties and brings about a resolution. According to the Bible, sin has placed every human being in conflict with the perfectly righteous God of the universe.
Romans 3:10 NIV As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
There is nothing a person can do to bridge this chasm that sin creates between himself or herself and God.
Despite this problem originating because of human sin, God took it upon himself to resolve the conflict. Instead of letting people experience the just result of their rebellion against him, God sent Jesus, his own Son, to act as a mediator of his new covenant of grace.
Hebrews 9:15 NIV For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
For those who place their faith in him, the Bible says Jesus bore their sin so that they could become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Now Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding on their behalf
Romans 8:34 NIV Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
If we are in Christ, he paid the penalty for our sin, and his perfect obedience is credited to us. Because of Jesus’ work, we are no longer in conflict with God and we have been adopted as children and co-heirs with Christ.
Romans 8:17 NIV Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
With Jesus as our mediator, we partake in God’s amazing grace!
Romans 5:10 NIV For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Ephesians 1:3-10 NIV Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
Jesus, thank you for your perfect obedience all the way to the cross. Thank you for allowing me to be adopted into God’s family. I am so honored and blessed to be your sibling. Amen. - From the YouVersion Jesus Bible Reading Plan Zondervan with Passion City Church
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.