The role of a mediator is to bring two parties together with the intent of reconciling them to settle their differences
In real estate, we have a lawyer who mediates between the seller and the purchaser.
In the workplace, the union supervisor mediates between the employee and the employer.
We have mediators in our every day lives, but we also need one in our spiritual life.
When we sin against God, we need a mediator. Our sin separates us from God. When we sin, we fall short of the glory of God.
Job understood the need for a mediator. He cried out for a go-between, “Oh, if I had a mediator to stand between me and God. Someone who would get a hold of God for me so I’d make it through.”
He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him,
that we might confront each other in court.
If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,
someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot. (Job 9:32–35, NIV)
We need a mediator
We can only get to God through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the One who came to bring God and man together.
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. (Hebrews 9:24, NIV)
Jesus represents us.
He pleads for us.
He makes intercession for us.
He prays for us.
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:25, NIV)
There is a hymn that we sing in church that captures our need for a mediator and how Jesus filled this need.
WHEN HE SEES ME
Looking down through the ages God beheld the dying soul,
Sin had brought separation, nevermore could man be whole.
There must come a Lamb, one who’s blood alone redeems,
Bringing gifts to the Father of our souls made white and clean.
And when He sees me, He sees the blood of the Lamb.
He sees me as worthy and not as I am.
He views me in garments as white as the snow,
For the Lamb of God is worthy and He washed me, this I know.
So He left that holy city, travelin’ on to the cross.
Just to bridge the gulf to glory and to rescue all the lost.
By His blood He entered into the throne room of our God,
And on the mercy seat He placed it, salvation for us all.
Recorded by The Greenes WHEN HE SEES ME
@1986 The Greenes @1986 Riversong Records
The blood of Christ is the atonement for us. We are guaranteed the joys of Heaven because of what Jesus has done for us.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2, NIV)
This is good news indeed!