Today we will be looking at Jesus as our Mediator. In 1 Timothy 2:5, Paul writes, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” (CSB) In the time in which this was written, Paul was in a society that worshipped many gods. The first thing he makes sure we know is that there is only one God, Jehovah! He is the God whom Jews and Christians worship. The Jews went to the temple to have the priest make sacrifices for their sins. They needed a mediator between God and them.
J. Vernon McGee, in his commentary on 1 Timothy states, “In Old Testament times the Israelite went to the temple where there were many priests. He could go to God through them. Paul is saying that now there is only one Mediator to whom we are to go. We are not to go to any human being down here; it is not necessary to go through a minister. There is a Mediator between God and man.” That mediator is Jesus Christ. Through His sacrifice by His death on the Cross for our sins, we can gain access to God through Jesus. He bridges the gap between God and man.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God making intercession for us. (Romans 8:34) He hears our cries for help, prays for us, and goes to God on our behalf. He mediates between us and God! I saw a picture on Pinterest showing a man at the bottom of a well of water. The well was in the shape of a Cross and Jesus was on the crossbeam of the Cross with one hand reaching toward the man and His other hand raised above Him holding onto the hand of God the Father at the top of the Cross. It was such a perfect picture of how Jesus intercedes, of how He is the bridge between God and Man.
When we are at the end of our rope, instead of tying a knot and holding on, why not grab hold of Jesus’ hand, pour out our hearts to Him, and let Him talk to the Father for us? He can present our case before Abba Father, and we have direct access to God! John 14:6 tells us, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (NIV) Not only is Jesus the only way of salvation, but He is the only one through whom we must go whenever we need access to God, the Father. His Spirit lives within us and helps us. “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” (Romans 8:27 NIV)
We don’t have to worry that He will be offended or upset with us when we bring our problems to Him. He already knows and He loves us, and He wants to help us. He understands what we deal with daily. He knows how it feels to be rejected, to be persecuted, to deal with the junk that this world throws at us. That’s why He is the perfect mediator between us and God the Father. He can tell Abba, “I know just what they’re going through because I went through that too.” He can wrap us up in His arms and love on us and tell us that everything is going to be ok. My favorite verse is Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (KJV) In my mind I see God, Abba, not sitting on a cold austere throne, but in a comfortable overstuffed chair, beckoning me to come. I climb up in His lap, He wraps His arms around me, and lets me pour out my heart to Him, and He says, “There, there my child, everything will be alright.” And He loves on me. He’s my Daddy and I can go to Him anytime I need to, and He is always available. The only reason I can do this is because Jesus mediates for me and gives me access to God, Abba Father! He is our Mediator, our Savior, our Lord.