Jesus Our Mediator

  1. INTRODUCTION:
    1. SCRIPTURE READING:
      1 Tim 2:5-6 = "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
    2. WHAT IS A MEDIATOR?
      1. A mediator is a person who comes between two parties who are at variance with each other for the purpose of reconciling them and promoting and understanding between them.
      2. A mediator is one that has to be acceptable to both parties that he is mediating with.
      3. Mediator defined -- One that acts as an intermediary between two parties to bring them together; or one that settles differences between individuals, or parties.
    3. JESUS IS THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN:
      1. Jesus comes between God and man to bring about a state of reconciliation.
      2. Jesus fulfills a two fold relationship -- He is both apostle and high priest.
        Heb 3:1 = "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;"
  2. DISCUSSION:
    1. AS THE APOSTLE [ONE SENT] -- HE REPRESENTS GOD TO MAN:
      Comment: Christ presents the Word of God to us. He was God's ambassador upon earth while in the flesh -- Heavens representative among men -- A messenger from heaven with a door to a better place. Here is a sample of what Christ offers to man:
      1. Light to the blind that walk in darkness.
        John 8:12 = "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
      2. Pardon from the guilt of sin.
        Rom 8:1-2 = "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
        3. Liberty from the bondage of sin.
      3. Rom 6:17-18 = "But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."
      4. Healing for the sin sick.
        Matt 9:12 = "But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick."
      5. Rest for the weary.
        Matt 11:28-30 = "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
      6. Life beyond death.
        John 1:4 = "In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
        John 10:10 = "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
        John 11:25 = "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"
    2. AS THE HIGH PRIEST, HE REPRESENTS MAN TO GOD:
      Comment: Christ is man's ambassador in heaven -- He represents man before the throne of God -- He represents man before the judgment seat of God in what has been done for man:
      1. By the sin offering He made.
        Heb 8:3 = "For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer."
        Heb 10:4-7 = "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God."
      2. By helping them in time of temptation.
        Heb 2:17-18 = "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted."
      3. By bearing their petitions to the throne of grace.
        Rom 8:34 = "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."
        Heb 4:14-16 = "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
        1 John 2:1-2 = "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
  3. CONCLUSION:
    1. CONSIDER HIM --
      Heb 3:1 = "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;"
      Heb 12:1-3 = "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."
      1. The Greek word for consider is Katanoeo, pronounced (kat-an-o-eh'-o); Meaning to observe fully; and is usually translated – behold, consider, discover, perceive.
      2. Webster's Dictionary tells us: It carries with it the earnest fixed prolonged attention of the mind upon; To give serious heed to; or to regard very carefully.
    2. HOW SHOULD WE CONSIDER JESUS?
      1. Consider Him as our Apostle -- God's representative from heaven, whose words are with the authority of heaven.
      2. Consider Him as our High Priest -- He is man's representative from earth; our helper in heaven -- Unto Him we can go in time of trials.
      3. Consider Him as our one and only mediator --
        1 Tim 2:5 = "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"
        1. This eliminates anyone that would put himself as one that we should go through to God other than Christ.
        2. It is the privilege and right of every Christian to go directly to the Father, through Jesus, the one and only mediator between God and man.
    3. ARE YOU A CHILD OF GOD WITH THIS PRIVILEGE?
    4. YOU CAN BE EVEN THIS HOUR -- SO WHY NOT NOW?

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