From Pastor’s Desk: 3-14-21
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, – 1 Timothy 2:5-6 NKJV
In Peter’s words before the Sanhedrin there was established the truth that “there is no other name, [Jesus], given among men whereby we [mankind] must be saved” (Acts 4.12). Why? Because He is the only one worthy to be the one Mediator between mankind and God. Why? Because He is the only one who has ever lived a perfect life, then give his life as the only sacrifice that would appease the wrath of God toward sin in the lives of all mankind.
One for All! That’s terrible odds! Someone has said that if there had been only one person in the world for all time, Jesus still would have given his life to ransom and reconcile that one person to God. But, of course, that’s not the case. As one song writer puts it, “Though millions have come, there is still room for one, there’s room at the cross for you.”
Just think of it this way: God didn’t just send His Son, Jesus, to die for one person, but all who have ever lived, are living now, and will ever live. Among all those I (put your name in here) am the one He died for that I might have eternal life.
Adam Clarke says of mediator, that it signifies, literally, a middle person, one whose office it is to reconcile two parties at enmity…God was offended with the crimes of men; to restore them to his peace, Jesus Christ was incarnated; and being God and man, both God and men met in and were reconciled by him. But this reconciliation required a sacrifice on the part of the peace-maker or mediator…
Kind of like that part “being God and man, both God and men met in and were reconciled by him” don’t you? There is an old saying among the Native-American that says, “Ya’ gotta’ be an Indian to do that,” pertaining to an Indian sneaking up on someone.
To be both God and man, and God and men meeting in and being reconciled by Him, “Ya’ gotta’ be God to do that.”