Because of His shed blood, the Lord Jesus has become our mediator with the Father. Hebrews 9:15 declares:
“And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance” (NKJV).Mankind has always needed a mediator. Job declared, “Oh, that one might plead for a man with God” (Job 16:21).
Under the Old Covenant, the high priest became the legal representative of the people regarding spiritual matters. But there were some issues that he could not arbitrate. Eli, when he was high priest of Israel, said:
“If one man sins against another, God will judge him. But if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him?” (1 Samuel 2:25).Today, Christ has become our high priest through shedding His blood. That is what gives Him the authority to be our legal mediator in heaven, representing us before the Father. Because of the cross, “He is our Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant” (Hebrews 9:15).
As our mediator, Christ intercedes on our behalf. The apostle Paul wrote,
“It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).The Greek word for intercession is entugchano, which means “to meet with” and “to make petition.”
And because He is our high priest, sin will not defeat us – no, not on a single score. He is our high priest, ever living to make intercession for us. “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7: 25).
There is only one reason why Christ can be our go-between in heaven: because He is both God and man. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same” (Hebrews 2:14).Only Christ can say, “I know what man is like, and I can tell you what God is like. I understand them both from the inside out.” When we are being tempted, Jesus can speak to the Father and say, “I went through the same thing.”
He was sinless, and yet He became our sin bearer. Instead of symbolically cleansing us from defilement, the Lord cleansed us from actual sin. It was through the blood of the cross that the Lord Jesus removed the obstacle that had caused an estrangement between God and man and restored our fellowship with the Father. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Through Christ is:
“Holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26), He is nevertheless “touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15).As the writer of Hebrew says,
“Let us therefore come boldly” today to His “throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy” (Hebrews 4:16).This wonderful Savior does not condemn you. He loves you for He has died for you.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
And because of this ransom, God declares that we are free from the pit of sin and death.
“If there is a messenger for him, A mediator, one among a thousand, To show man his uprightness, Then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom’” (Job 33:23-24).So come to Jesus Christ our mediator today. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6.)