“And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
A mediator is one who is a go-between for two parties who have a disagreement that must be settled. A judge will often appoint a mediator between two parties to try and work out an agreement so that the judge doesn’t have to make the final judgment. At times, when mediation doesn’t work, the judge steps in and makes a judgment on the situation. Allowing a mediator to come to mediate an agreement is often better than letting a judge make a judgment.
In the verse above, Jesus is the mediator for the believer. Jesus became our mediator when He chose to be the sacrifice for the sins of the world. As the mediator, Jesus understood that the price of sin was death, and that price had to be paid by someone. He understood that if you had to pay for your sin, your payment would be paid for in an eternal Hell. However, He mediated the agreement, and the only one who has to agree to be saved is you. God the Father has accepted the mediation agreement that Jesus paid for on the cross, and it is up to you to accept by faith this payment of sins with the blood of Christ.
However, there is another way that Jesus mediates for the believer. Have you ever had a situation in your life when you disagreed with God? My friend, God never said that you would agree with Him about everything He allows in your life. There are times in my life when I have not agreed with God, but I always understood that God has the right to do with my life and in my life what He wants to do. When I come to these moments in my life, I find that the only hope I have is a mediator to negotiate my situation, and Jesus is that mediator. There are a couple of things you must do when you have situations in your life where you disagree with God.
First, always realize that God has a right to do what He wants to do in your life. This is simply respecting the providence and person of God in your life. You have to realize that God doesn’t have to get everything He does in your life approved by you. When you realize that God loves you and wants the best for you is when you will accept that fact that He doesn’t have to get every situation He places in your life approved by you. Yes, you may disagree with God, but you still must respect Who He is and His providence in your life. God knows what He is doing, and you must trust His omniscience, providence and plans as best for your life.
Second, prayer is where you get help when you disagree with God. Jesus is your mediator, not just for sins, but also for those situations in life when you disagree with what God has allowed in your life. Jesus is the One who will take your requests to the Father and mediate your request with Him. You can’t expect your situation in life to change when you never darken the closet of prayer to get help from God. Prayer is the place where you mediate your life situations with God.
Third, accept what comes from your mediation as good. The Romans 8:28 principle applies to this when God promised that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Prayer is the only way that you will come to the point to accept that good will come from your situation.