1 Timothy 2:5-6
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.
Dear Lord Jesus,
It is incredible how You stepped in harm’s way to take all our punishment into Yourself. We might often ask the question why? And that is hard for us to understand from our vantage point because, as trustworthy as we might see ourselves, the problem is we are not 100% honest 100% of the time. Yet You and Your words are 100% truthful all the time.
When You created mankind, You gave our first parents a way to demonstrate their love by serving and obeying You. You gave them two trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. One kept them united with you, giving them life, while the other rejected your love and brought death; two trees, one for life and one for death. Yet, having everything and being united with you, they were convinced you lied, and they chose death.
You wanted life for us to live in eternity with You forever, so You did not stay in heaven but became part of Your creation; You took on flesh to save us; You came to serve us and not be served. You allowed yourself to be hung on that cross suspended by three nails to endure the punishment of death due to us. You were our mediator, taking all our sins into Yourself and nailing them to that cross with You. You suffered the eternal punishment, remaining faithful to God, calling out to him from that cross.
While Adam and Eve’s temporal lives have ended, still, by faith in You, their Savior, they never tasted the second death of eternal separation from You. You were their mediator, and You are also ours. You gave yourself as the ransom for all our sins so that everyone who believes in You will have eternal life with You, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.
We pray for opportunities to share, with those who do not know You, the truth about You interceding for us, forgiving us all our sins, suffering death in our place, and defeating Satan. Let faith start in them so they will know, believe, and trust in You—mankind’s mediator between us and God. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Who are we to be so flippant that, we think, we can demand anything of God? We can only approach God because our Savior paid our ransom in our place, and he continues to serve as our mediator. That anointed one sent by God who saves us by His grace—Christ Jesus.