Who Needs a Mediator?
1 Timothy 2:5
Stop John or Jane Doe on the street of any town in the world and ask this question: “What is the biggest conflict in your life that needs resolving?” And then hope your tape recorder doesn’t run out of batteries. While a multitude of conflicts will be described, one that will likely not be mentioned is conflict with God—and for understandable reasons. Those persons who are already believers in Christ no longer have a conflict with God, and it probably hasn’t occurred to those who aren’t believers that they and God are in conflict!
But Biblical truth be told, the initial identity of every human being who has ever lived is “Person In Conflict With God.” Just as the major news networks flash a logo on the screen—“Crisis In (Name that Country)”—so there could be a nonstop logo flashing across televisions that say, “Crisis Between Heaven and Earth.” Outside of Jesus Christ, we are persons in conflict. While this may sound like bad news, it is simply that part of the gospel message that makes the good news good. (A new village fire truck is news. It becomes good news—great news—when a house is burning.) And the good news in our case is that God has provided a mediator for our conflict.
When companies and labor unions are in conflict, a judge sends a mediator to stand between the parties and work out a solution. The mediator has to provide a solution which satisfies both parties in the conflict and reestablishes the broken relationship. That is what happened when God sent Jesus Christ to be the mediator between himself and sinners. God was satisfied (the penalty for sin was paid through Christ’s death) and mankind was satisfied (we were granted access to God’s kingdom).
If you are a Christian, at some point you recognized you were in conflict with God because of sin. If you are not yet a Christian, perhaps seeing Christ as a mediator, a bridge, between you and God will help you see the conflict—and how to resolve it.
God’s Promise to You: “The only one who can bring you and me together is my Son.”
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