Our Mediator

I Timothy 2:5-6  “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Jesus Christ is our savior.  He gave His life on Mount Calvary, shedding His precious blood, and paying for our sins.  Jesus gave us new life in Him, and He is ever merciful and full of grace.

He is all of this, but that is not all He is.  He is the propitiation of our sins.  That means that all of our sins are paid for.  Not just the ones we committed yesterday, or the ones we committed before we got saved, but every sin we ever committed, and ever will commit.  Jesus paid for all of our sins.

But aside from that, He is our mediator.  God cannot be touched by iniquity.  He cannot look at our sin.  Jesus, having lived as a man, mediates between us and God.  When we pray to God, we pray in Jesus’s name.  Why?  Because He is our intermediary.  He loves us, and He wants us to have a relationship with God the Father.

The Old Testament Jew did not have the personal relationship that we can have with God.  They could pray to Him, they could sacrifice to Him, and they could worship Him.  However, their sin was always before them.  The High Priest, once a year on the Day of Atonement, could enter the Most Holy Place and pour the sacrificial blood on the Mercy Seat.  But there was always a veil separating God from His people.

Today, the veil has been torn down, and the only thing between us and God is our sin.  When we confess our sins, God is “faithful and just” to forgive us our sins.  But Jesus is our mediator.  He is there to take our petitions to God.  He tells God, “Okay, they sinned.  They’re confessing, so it’s time for forgiveness.  The relationship is restored.”  If we didn’t have that mediator, who would do that?

The Bible also says that we have an advocate with the Father, which is Jesus.  He wants us to restore that relationship that we damage whenever we decide we want to live in sin.  Just as when our own children do something to break fellowship with us, we are rooting for them to come back and restore that lost relationship, Jesus is letting the Father know that we are ready.

I have lost relationship with the Heavenly Father before.  The Holy Bible and prayer, with a heavy dose of old-fashioned preaching of the Word, brought me back to the point where I wanted that fellowship again.  Thank God that Jesus was there to tell the Father that I was ready.  Like the prodigal son, I just had to come to myself, and then go to the father to seek forgiveness.  He was waiting for me.

Jesus is our only mediator. The Bible mentions nothing of Patron Saints or angels or other people acting as mediators on our behalf. The verse in I Timothy says that there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. Thank the Lord that He is there, and that He advocates for us.