“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5
There are four words in this verse that really stood out to me. As I share what this verse has meant to me, I pray God’s Word will impress on your heart the beauty of what is being conveyed here. I pray He will fill your heart with peace and rest as you consider the goodness of Jesus.
The first word that stood out to me was “one.” This word sets the tone of the passage; there is no other God, no other way, no other mediator. The idea of one God stands in stark contrast to the ideology of many gods – a commonly held belief in Paul’s day and in ours. This word sets the stage for Jesus, our King, who is unlike any other.
The name assigned to Jesus here is “mediator.” A mediator is defined as “one who intervenes between two persons who are at variance, with a view to reconcile them.” Jesus is our ambassador before God the Father. In his death, Jesus atoned for our sin, and in his resurrection, He sits at the Father’s right hand declaring those righteous who put their trust in Him. No longer do we have to hide, feel shame for our sins, or strive under the weight of appearing better than what we truly are. Jesus has made a way to God, and he has made us worthy.
The last two words I want to discuss, “God” and “man,” describe the sinless and the sinner, the infinite and the mortal, the Judge and those who fall under judgment. The contrast here can’t be overstated. The only way these two parties could be reconciled was by the sacrifice of One who is both fully God and a perfect, sinless man – Jesus, our Mediator.
Jesus lived perfectly, yet He also lived in the same fallen world we do. As a man, he felt pain, exhaustion, grief, sadness, and abandonment. As Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we have not a 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.” Jesus left the glory of heaven to live and walk among us in this broken world. He died to reconcile us to God, so we could know the kind of hope and joy that transcends this world. As Tim Keller said, “Every sad thing is going to come untrue” one day because of Jesus.
Consider what this means for us today. This year has been marked by the words: challenging, unprecedented, difficult. All of us in some way have felt the weight of the emotions and stress that accompany this uniquely difficult season. Whatever you are facing today, I hope you will rest in the fact that you can bring your needs before the throne of God because of Jesus our Mediator. Lay your burdens down at His throne and lean into His grace and peace.