December 19th: Jesus Christ:  Mediator

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind,

the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5)

 

     The term mediator connotes a person who is actively engaged in seeking a resolution between two parties with irreconcilable differences.  Synonyms include intercessor, conciliator and peacemaker.  A mediator must be able to understand the truth or reality of both party’s       positions in a dispute and navigate a resolution.  Christ is unique in his ability to represent both God and mankind.  Scripture informs us that Jesus was fully God and fully human.  He is fully cognizant of the holiness, righteousness and glory of God while being able to understand the hopeless desperation of a fallen humanity. 

      In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, we see one of the few references to the term mediator found in scripture.  While the NIV renders the phrase, “There is one God and one mediator” the sense in the original is that Paul is being very exclusive and intentional in his use of the term.  It might be better rendered, “There is ONLY one God and ONLY one mediator.”  Only Jesus could reconcile a fallen humanity to a holy God.  Jesus himself says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

      In Acts 4:12, Peter declares, “Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

      The greatest gift whose coming we celebrate at Christmas was the ONLY mediator that could ever reconcile a fallen humanity to God. 

 

Father God, your love is greater than our ability to comprehend.  It is your desire that all would be saved and you provided the only means through which that might be accomplished – Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen

 

Submitted by Joe and Debbie Negley, Elder