Let’s pretend I offended you in some way, like stole your lawnmower or something. You would certainly want some justice, wouldn’t you? Of course, you would. Unless you took justice in your own hands and came and punched me in the nose. But then I could take you to court and let a judge settle our dispute.
Now it is one thing to have a human mediator (like a judge) whose job is to settle problems like we had, but what human being could possibly mediate a dispute between a man and God? Hmm. Well, this is at the very heart of our 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 there is a problem with that. It is a complete mischaracterization of the role of a High Priest. Yes, the High Priest was able to sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat once a year, and along with the other priests, could perform sacrifices of atonement daily. However, atonement is not mediation.
You see, the High Priest could not argue for His people or bargain with God, or settle issues between God and man. That was 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 requirements set down in the Law, but Moses was in charge of mediation between God and man. But there is a big problem with that: he is no longer alive. Ouch! So now what do we do? Who is our mediator?
Okay, as you know, all of us have sinned against God and He has a bone to pick with everyone of us. God also has an open and shut, ironclad legal case against us (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.
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