For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6
Our quest to discover Jesus is endless. We could live 100 years and still learn something new about the God we serve.
I once read somewhere that we can never graduate from Bible study until we meet the author face to face. What a wonderful thought!
In continuing my study of Christ, I’ve rediscovered that He was not part man, part God. He was all man. He was all God. It’s a hard concept to accept simply because it seems impossible. But, such are the ways of God. His reasoning and thoughts lie beyond our own. If Jesus were less than a man, then He could die as a man who was sinless. If He were less than God, then He and the Father could never have been one.
There is one Mediator (representative) between God and man and that is Jesus Christ, according to 1 Timothy 2. We are reminded of Christ’s humanity. It’s not the deity of Jesus that represents us, but His humanity that intercedes on our behalf. He knows what it means to be us and can properly mediate to the Father for us. He was tempted at all points like we are and, yet, remained sinless (Hebrews 4:15).
In looking back through what I’ve learned from the Old Testament, I came across many instances where God uses one of His children as a representative for His people. I’d like to look at the story of Moses and the Israelites at Mt. Sinai. Do you remember that story?
Moses had gone up the mountain and returned with words from God. He became Israel’s representative and the mouthpiece of God, first to Pharaoh in Egypt and then the Israelites in the desert. Whatever God wanted to say and do, He would say and do it through Moses.
This arrangement left little hope for the children of Israel. Every time they saw Moses climb the mountain, they knew he would be bringing back word from God. The people grew to despise those meetings, for it was God addressing them and they had no defense.
Moving forward several years, God then provided the priesthood and, more specifically, the high priest. The high priest held the honor of sacrificing the animal for the entire children of Israel on the annual Day of Atonement and sprinkling that blood on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. This blood would appease the wrath of God for another year and Israel would have their sins covered.
As Moses had represented God to the people, the high priest now represented the people to God. The people now had a mediator; someone to plead their case. Through the sacrificial blood, the people appeared forgiven and God would honor the sacrifice because of the consecration and dedication of the high priest.
Then….Jesus came. He replaced the old law with the new; gave Himself as that atoning sacrifice for the sins of all mankind (not just Israel). Hebrews 4:15 reads, “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Jesus is our high priest; our representative before God. In Him being all man and all God, we have no fear of our representation being marred by our sinfulness.
Take your problems to Him. God may not always answer right away, but know that His answers are always good and given at the right time…His.