1 Timothy 2:5-6 says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all…”
The Bible says Jesus Christ is our Mediator. Great! What exactly does it mean to be a mediator? Be careful here, because a mediator in the world today is defined in a very different manner than Jesus’ mediation is defined in the Bible. CJ Mahaney explains:
Today a mediator is a neutral third party brought into a conflict with two opposing parties for the purpose of negotiation and hopefully achieves some agreement and some accord…Here is what the Bible says about Jesus’ mediation. Jesus was a unique Mediator with a unique Mediation. There are two parties in opposition to one another without doubt, but only one party has been offended and only this one offended party is innocent. God is innocent and without fault, and He has been offended. The other party is unarguably guilty, and not only so, this other party is not the least bit desirous of reconciliation. Two parties, one is innocent, one has been offended and is without fault. The other is categorically, completely, unarguably, undeniably guilty and does not desire to be reconciled to the innocent, offended party. Now listen carefully because this is amazing grace. God, the innocent, offended party, desires to save wicked, guilty sinners, who are hostile to Him, and do not desire to be reconciled with Him. God has a divine dilemma that must be solved. He must punish sin, and He must punish sinners in light of His holiness and His justice. So how does He resolve this divine dilemma? In the mystery of His mercy, God, the innocent, offended party, provides the Mediator to satisfy His righteous wrath, and save the guilty party from His wrath. As an expression of this amazingly gracious disposition He sends His only begotten Son as the unique Mediator between God and men to reconcile a Holy God with sinful mankind!
Do you see that in God sending His Son, it is true for us to say and exult in the fact that GOD SAVED US FROM GOD? John Stott put it like this: “Divine love, saved us from Divine wrath, by a Divine sacrifice!” Jesus is this unique Mediator, with His own unique mediation between God and man. He is the only Mediator! Jesus as the Mediator must represent both parties. This is why Jesus had to be both fully God and fully man, because in being such, He represents both God and us at the same time. CJ Mahaney went on to point out that Job cried out for this kind of a mediator in his dialogue with his accusers. In Job 9:1-2, 32-33 he said this, “How can a man be in the right before God? If one wished to contend with Him, one could not answer Him once in a thousand times…For God is not a man, as I am, that I might answer Him, that we should come to trial together. There is no arbiter between us, who may lay his hand on us both.” Do you see that Job’s cry for an arbiter between himself and God has been answered? We can now confidently proclaim to Job, and to all men, that God has sent this Arbiter in Jesus Christ, and that He has laid hold of both God and man at the same time, to bring us together again in the sacrifice of Himself! That is what it means for Jesus to be our Mediator. AMEN!