“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”
— 1 Timothy 2:5
Have you ever stood on one side of a canyon and marveled at the canyon’s depth and breadth? Can you imagine what it would take to bridge such a chasm?
Our sinfulness has created an unfathomable chasm between us and God, but Christ has bridged it. He is our Mediator, the One who connects us to God the Father. How do we know this? First of all, Jesus said so. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but by me.” Jesus said this because He is God, the Creator of the world, the One who existed before anything else existed. He promised that one day He would come in the flesh to save us, and He did. He conquered the power of sin and death.
Second, no one else has the qualifications for the job. Sin separates us from God, and only a sinless mediator can remove it. Buddha, Mohammed, and Confucius all taught that certain behaviors would enable humans to reach God, but they themselves never promised to save anybody. And even if they had made such a promise, they could never have come through. Like us, they were sinful human beings. They had no power to save, and we can never save ourselves regardless of the number of good deeds we do. The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace, by believing in Christ. Christ promises to save all who believe in Him, and He can follow through on His promise because He is sinless and because He is God.
As our mediator, Christ exercises a three-fold office. He is prophet, priest, and King. As prophet, He saves us from our ignorance of sin. The greatest prophet the world has ever known, Christ seasoned His words with grace, and the common people heard Him gladly. As priest, He saves us from the guilt of sin. He was a perfect priest because, being sinless, He could offer Himself as a perfect and holy sacrifice, paying for our sin once and for all. As King, He saves us from the dominion of sin over our lives. He is the King of kings before whom every knee shall bow.
Today give thanks that Christ has become your mediator, building a bridge between you and God the Father.
“The devil would have us set
ourselves forth as our own savior.”