“For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.”1 Timothy 2:5-6 NLT
There are two words I would like to focus on today. Mediator and reconcile. Other words for mediator are intercessor, peacemaker and diplomat. We know scripture refers to Jesus as one who intercedes for believers (Romans 8:34). We know a diplomat aids in settling differences between two parties. Jesus was the only go between that could ever bridge the gap between God and man caused by sin. That is reconciliation. When two parties reconcile they make peace with one another. Through the blood of Christ man has been given the opportunity to make things right with his creator. It isn’t a blanket proposal, but rather a gift offered that must be received and applied to one’s life.
Another thought I’d like to drive home is the fact that Christ gave His own life up. Jesus wasn’t forced to give up His life. He didn’t have to do it. But He did and did willingly. By definition willingly can mean gladly, eagerly, ungrudgingly or voluntarily. The only hesitation, if you could even call it that, was when Jesus prayed asking if there was any other way to accomplish God’s plan. Already knowing the answer to that question, Jesus complied, saying, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
This is the message that we must give to those lost in sin. That Christ paid the price for their sins. As believers we need to reflect regularly on the price Christ paid for us all. The gory, bloody, painful death Christ endured for you and for me. Without Christ’s death there is no hope of forgiveness. Embrace this truth and carry it in your heart always. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!Definitions: American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.