Here’s a simple riddle for you to solve . . .

Let’s say I do something to you . . . steal your lawn mower or offend you in some way . . . well, you would want justice, wouldn’t you? So we go to court and let a judge settle our dispute.

Now it’s one thing to have a human mediator (a government official of some type, a judge) who is assigned to deal with a problem like we had or criminal offenses between two people; but what human being could possibly be called on to mediate a dispute between a man and God? And this, folks, is at the very heart of our desperate need for a redeeming mediator—a Savior.

Now, some say that in the Old Testament, the High Priest was the mediator between God and man, but that’s a mischaracterization of his role. The High Priest could sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat once a year, and along with the other priests could perform sacrifices of atonement daily; but atonement isn’t mediation. The High Priest can’t argue for His people or bargain with God, or settle issues between God and man. That’s the reason there was both Moses and Aaron living and operating simultaneously, each being the highest authority in their particular sphere of influence. Aaron was in charge of making atonement for men according to the procedures set down in the Law, but Moses was in charge of mediation between God and man. But he is no longer alive. Who is our mediator?

You see, we have all directly sinned against God and He has a personal cosmos-sized bone to pick with every one us. God also has an open and shut, ironclad legal case against us all (based on His justice system) in that any sin directly against Him is by definition so grievous that the only possible penalty is death. Mankind has already been tried and convicted and sentenced to death (physical and spiritual death) during the days of Adam and Eve back in the Garden of Eden. Jesus said, “I didn’t come to judge you, you are already judged.”

So who, then, could possibly have the authority and standing to jump into the fracas between God and man and assume the role of a mediator or intercessor and save us from God’s severity? That is the most important question of life you need to find the answer to . . . ask me, I have the answer for you . . .

You see, long ago God gave many different glimpses of the truth in the words of the prophets. But in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son Yeshua (you know him as Jesus). The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins and became that much needed mediator, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven (Hebrews 1:1-4).

So, because of everything He has done for us, we should pay the greatest attention to the truth that we have heard and not allow ourselves to drift away from it. Because this salvation first came through the words of the Lord himself: it was confirmed for our hearing by men who had heard him speak, and God has plainly endorsed their witness by signs and miracles, by all kinds of spiritual power, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, all working to the divine plan.

Doulos Studies

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I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.

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