Lent Devotional: 1 Timothy 2:5-6
by Jonathan Haefs
1 Timothy 2:5-6 (click here)
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
“What is a mediator?” This was the question I received from my 9-year-old, Charis, just the other day.
She and her brother had been in an argument, and I ended up as the go between communicator as they were not on speaking terms. The situation was finally brought to a resolution and the two of them were reconciled. I simply said that I was glad I could be their mediator…and that statement spurred my daughter’s question.
“What is a mediator?”
How would you explain the answer to her? I did my best to use the situation she had just experienced… “A mediator is a go between. You and Levi’s relationship was damaged and you couldn’t talk to one another… you needed a mediator. Someone you would be able to communicate through.”
Charis simply looked at me and said, “Oh! Like Jesus!”
Sometimes kids get things more right than we could ever hope for. “Yes,” I said, “like Jesus.”
Our relationship with God was broken by our sin and there was no hope for reconciliation… not without a mediator.
We needed one who could represent man to God and God to man… we needed a God man. We needed Jesus. He is the one mediator between God and man…the only one…reconciliation is only possible through him…and it is possible because he gave himself as a ransom for our sin upon the cross!
What is a mediator?…or better yet…who is the ultimate mediator?