Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Jesus intercedes for us as one who walked in the flesh among us – our compassionate mediator.
Scriptures of the Day:
Hebrews 9:15, 24
15 And so he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance he has promised, since he died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and he appears now in God’s presence for us. 25 And he did not enter to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice.
1 Timothy 2:5-6
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”
19 Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. 20 My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; 21 and he contends with God on behalf of man as a man pleads for his friend.
Countless are the feats Christ accomplished in coming in the flesh. Each facet of His work on earth becomes more precious to me, when I consider them! Having endured through a painful court process, the word, mediator has a special significance to me. Sometimes in life we feel there is no hope, no end to our turmoil. When we feel like no one is on our side, Christ is our compassionate Mediator.
We can never underestimate the one Who owns the thousand cattle on a hill, Who is completely knowledgeable of all things, and by the way, is on our side if we are His. Even more amazing, He is on all sides, surveying and working all things together. His purpose is that all might know and believe and He uses everything to draw us nearer to Him.
I have a funny image in my head now – of someone playing multiple roles vicariously. An airline representative checks in your baggage and sells you a ticket. The same individual guides you onto the plane. Now if this person said they were the pilot, I might rethink hopping on that flight. We might have various roles simultaneously, too – I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, employee, worship leader . . . the list goes on and on.
Some roles I do better than others, and sometimes juggling all I have to be and do is hard. But Christ accomplishes multiple roles perfectly. He is the Righteous Judge with Whom we will one day answer, our Savior, LORD, Comforter, Healer, the Mediator defending us, who ultimately paid our sin debt, too. The list of Who He is never ends.
When Christ came as the bridge between man and God and ascended to Heaven after completing His work on earth, He did not abdicate His role as mediator. He still intercedes for His children and does so as one who walked in the flesh among us – He is a compassionate mediator. This Christmas may we reflect on Christ, our Mediator. Without His willingly choosing to represent us before our Father, Almighty God, we could not have fellowship with Him.
Lord, thank you for coming not just as a perfect babe, but as a peacemaker, mediating our relationship with God. Only You could fulfill that role.