“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.” (1 Timothy 2:1-7 NIV)
Many times I have wanted someone to stand up for me, to take my side. Even though I have walked with God most of my life, I have often gone running to Jesus longing for someone to defend me, to fight for me, and to vouch for me. In these moments, I forget that Jesus is actually doing that.
Jesus is our mediator. He stands in the gap for us as our intercessor, mediator, and advocate. When the enemy comes to accuse us before God the Father, Jesus is the one who speaks on our behalf. To each accusation that comes our way, Jesus turns to the Father and says:
Be that as it may, I have dealt with it. My blood covers. They have been made righteous and holy because of me.
The enemy cannot argue what Jesus did on the cross for us. When God looks at us, he sees Jesus, his perfect son, whose sacrifice paid our ransom in full. The accusations fall to the ground ineffective.
Before Jesus’s crucifixion, we were separated from God because of our sin. Although God loved us, he could not interact intimately with us. This grieved his heart; for, we were created to have a deeply intimate relationship with God. Thus, He decided to make a plan. Jesus became our mediator.
In Jesus, we are made right with God. We can approach the throne of grace with confidence knowing that Jesus is with us, vouching for us:
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
I love the exchange that takes place with Jesus as our mediator. He takes our sin for his righteousness, our disunity for unity, our dead works for faith, our sickness for healing, and our flaws for his holiness. Because of Jesus, we are accepted and adopted as children of God.
Although Jesus is our mediator, he is also our intercessor and our advocate. When things are tough for us, we can rest in Jesus, knowing that he is praying for us. When the odds are stacked up against us like Job, Jesus is fighting our case in the courts of heaven. He presents our case to God, the Great Judge and refutes all accusations. He requests that God passes the verdict on our case which leads to our breakthrough.
We are never alone. Jesus is with us. He truly is our mediator. He is our ally, our champion defender, our spokesperson, and more. What a great gift, Jesus is to all who call on his name. In him, we have been reconciled to the Father and made part of the family of God.
In what ways have you experienced Jesus as your mediator?
What does it mean to you to have Jesus on your side?