Why Was Jesus Born? Reason #4: To Be The Mediator Between God And Man
As we lead up to our Christmas service on Dec 23rd, Hope Arrives, we’re going to look at seven reason’s why Jesus had to be born.
Today we look at reason #4 Why Jesus was born:
Jesus was born to be the Mediator between God and man.
As we noted in yesterday’s post, the system of sacrifices within the Levitical priesthood was imperfect, in that the blood of bulls and goats could not permanently atone for man’s sin. It was a temporary covenant, a stopgap if you will.
The salvation of mankind required something better; and God promised that one day He would institute something better; a “new covenant:”
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. – Jeremiah 31:31-33
The writer of Hebrew explains to us how God instituted, through Jesus Christ, this new “better covenant.”
“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is the Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.” – Hebrews 8:6
In this “better covenant” we are “once and for all” made right with God:
“And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”
– Hebrews 10:10
And Jesus ministry on our behalf did not end at the cross. He continues to mediate on our behalf before the throne of God, as only he can.
Think about it: If when humble, despised, dying, and dead, Jesus had the power to accomplish so great a work as reconciling us to God, how much more may we expect that He will be able to keep us now that He is a living, exalted, and triumphant Redeemer, raised to life and interceding on our behalf before the throne (as Romans 8:34 explains)?
…who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. – Romans 8:34
Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. No one else—not Mary, not any previous Christian saints, nor angels—have the power to intercede for us before the throne of the Almighty. Christ alone mediates and intercedes between God and man.
“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”
– 1 Timothy 2:5
So this season when we celebrate Christmas, let’s remember to acknowledge the ministry that Jesus has been given on our behalf – He is the mediator between God and man, so that we can now:
“…with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” – Hebrews 4:16
We can change the world, one life at a time…