“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”
A mediator is defined as a person who is a go-between, an individual who attempts to help people in conflict come to an agreement. From the very beginning of time when Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, sin was introduced. God cannot be in the presence of sin as he is holy and free from sin. After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden and were no longer pure and blameless, God was left to find a different way to be with his people. Therefore, he sent his son Jesus Christ to be a holy and living sacrifice. Through Jesus’ ransom and death, God was able to atone for our sins. Jesus paid the ultimate price for the sin of every man and woman to ever live, so that they may know God and have eternal life.
Our mediator, Jesus, put an end to the conflict between Christians and God. Our salvation and chance for eternal life is completely due to him. In order to be an effective mediator, one must have the capability understand both parties caught in conflict. Jesus was pure and holy, and is the Son of God. As the Son of God he understands fully the righteousness of God and the need for punishment for sin. Yet, in order to understand mankind, Jesus had to become man. He had to come to earth a live in the flesh, face temptation, and so on to understand humankind. After 33 years on Earth, Jesus’ time as mediator came to a close and instead he took on a new role to serve as the ransom, and was given in exchange for our sin for our redemption. What a wonderful mediator Jesus Christ is to us!
Since Jesus has served as our mediator, we can freely approach God with confidence because of the death Jesus paid on the cross. We do not have to fear conflict between us and God, because Jesus resolved it for us. Let us then make most of our fellowship with God, and forever be grateful that Jesus Christ interceded for us.
We recognize that mediation is not always an easy or pretty task. We come before you grateful that you sent your one and only son to mediate between us, and to die a cruel death to give us the opportunity of redemption and eternal life. Thank you for his ransom.
In Jesus’ Name,