Thankful for our Mediator – 1 Timothy 2:5-6

1 Timothy 2:5-6:  For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.  He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

If we had to stand trial for our lives, how much trouble would we be in?  Could you successfully defend your actions?  What if it wasn’t for your whole life?  What if you only had to defend your actions for the last week?  Would you still be in trouble?  I imagine that most of us would have a hard time with this.

            Thankfully, we have a mediator.  We have someone who speaks up on our behalf.  Someone who knows us better than we know ourselves.  Jesus acts as our mediator between us and God.  In 1 Timothy, Paul is telling us that Christ is our only mediator, and what a great mediator He is.  He loved us so much that He was willing to give up His life for all of humanity.  ALL OF HUMANITY!  Let that sink in for a minute.

            Christ died on a cross for the entire world.  This includes everyone who has ever lived on this planet.  He died for everyone knowing that many would reject Him, and look how the world has rejected Him.  He knew that in 2016, so many would be against Him.  He died for people who show nothing but hatred.  He looked at us, knowing how messed up we would be, and still found something that was worth dying for.             

            I imagine most that would read this have already found Jesus, but what about those that do not believe?  We have been called to share this love with others.  Last weekend, we did that at our fall festival.  For one day, we came together as a body of Christ to show love to our community, but what happened Monday?  Did we still look for others to share the story of Christ with?  I would hope so, but I am afraid we did not.  I’m afraid many of us may have gotten caught up in who is a better candidate to lead our country than who is the best chance to save our world. 

            Even when we backslide, Christ still died for us, and everyone else.   There is no better mediator than someone who truly loves unconditionally.  When we stand before God in judgement, we know that Jesus will speak up on our behalf.  That is a great reassurance, and yet it leaves me feeling a bit sad.  Not for me, but for those who will face God without Jesus by their side.  If Jesus gave His life as a ransom for all, then I believe that we need to tell ALL about how much He really loves ALL of us.

Pastor Derrick