If you’re familiar with the Menai area, you’ll know that we’re blessed with beautiful waterways all around us. In fact, the only way in and out of our area of Sydney is via bridges in every direction. If you’re a local, just take a moment to think what would happen if those bridges were taken out!
Bridges are pretty useful. They create a passage over a divide between two places. A bridge allows two separate places to be connected.
A mediator acts like a bridge between people. They help two or more groups of people communicate and work together after having a falling out. Mediators open a passage through which people can be reconciled.
Our relationship with God became broken as we chose to live our lives without him as King. So, we are in need of someone to help ‘bridge’ the divide between us and God.
Jesus is this mediator.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
1 Timothy 2:5
This verse tells us that Jesus is the only one who can be this mediator for us. This is because he is the only one who has a perfect relationship with God, and so only he can communicate with God on our behalf.
Unlike normal mediators, who do not personally involve themselves in the relationship they are helping, Jesus steps in to be the remedy for our relationship with God. Our disobedience towards God means that we are deserving of a punishment that would separate us from God forever: death.
But when Jesus died on the cross, he sacrificed himself, standing in our place to take on the punishment for our broken relationship with God. This was Jesus’ mission when he came to earth. As our sins have now been paid for through Jesus, our relationship with God can be restored.
Through Jesus’ sacrifice, he becomes our permanent mediator, bridging the divide and creating the only passage that gives us access to a wonderful, personal and loving relationship with God.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas, ask yourself: Is Jesus mediating my relationship with God?