Reflections For Life
CHRIST : THE PERFECT MEDIATOR
RUN THE RACE | The Hebrews Series
Pastor Joe Son
May 24, 2020
The covenant is one of the meta narratives that we find in the Scripture. It is one of the overarching themes that run through the whole bible from Genesis to Revelation. From creation God establishes a covenant with his creations, especially with man. The covenant is a relationship for eternity, man worshiping and enjoying his creator God forever. God, who is the creator of the universe, who lacks nothing, who is self-existing, is obligating himself, through the form of a covenant for the benefit of his creation. Of course, we know that this perfect relationship is broken when Adam and Eve sinned. And yet, it is this covenant and the faithfulness of God to his covenant that drives the redemptive history that we see throughout the Bible. From the time of Adam, we see God repeatedly and steadfastly fulfilling his promises to man, holding on to this relationship with us no matter what. At the same time we also see man repeatedly falling short of the holiness that we are called to as God’s people.
So how does Holy and perfect God relate with sinners?
He does this by establishing a mediator to stand between God and man. The role of the high priest was to continually offer up the blood sacrifice for the sins of the Israelites, as a way for God to pass over their sins. However, a sinner cannot really be a mediator on behalf of other sinners. It says in 1Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Indeed Jesus Christ is the only one who can and who has made the covenant whole and perfect. He has once and for all satisfied the wages of sin, by becoming the single greatest sacrifice for sins. In Jesus Christ there is no more sin and death that separates us from the love of God. Though Jesus who is our perfect mediator, we may be at peace with God in a perfect relationship with him. And with his blood, he has given us a new identity, a new life, and a new heart. Along with the forgiveness of our sins, we are internally transformed into the people of God, becoming sanctified more and more into his likeness. So that we can live reconciled with God, holy and blameless before him, not just in a futuristic sense, but here and now as well as a living sacrifice unto the Lord. As Paul writes in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Questions for Reflection:
Knowing that Jesus Christ is our mediator who is still interceding for us at the right hand of God, are we turning to him for the grace and mercy that we need in our time of need?
Hebrews tells us that we have been sanctified not just for eternal redemption but so that we might serve the living God. How are we doing that? In what ways can we do it better?
We pray that this exercise will strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you draw near with confidence.