1 Timothy 2:5,6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
As the church winds down its Easter celebration, it gets ready to celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. 40 days after our Lord beat death by walking out of his own grave under his own strength and power, he ascends to the right hand of the Father where all power and authority are now entrusted to him. And what does he do with that authority? He mediates, as the apostle states to Timothy.
I’m often reminded of Jesus’ work of mediation when shortly before Simon Peter disowned Jesus in the courtyard, Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you Simon that your faith may not fail and when you return go strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32). A mediator is a go-between. And that’s exactly what our Ascended Lord is doing right now, standing between our sin, and a holy God who hates sin.
You see, according to God’s Word, sin demands a reckoning or an accounting. But the accounting could never possibly be from us, because the debt we’ve racked up against God, even for the smallest of sinful thoughts, is an eternal debt that could never be paid back. But thanks be to God, for sending us his Son, who stands between us and our sin and pleads our case by his blood. You see, all who have placed their faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, have mediation for their sin. And the Father accepts his Son’s mediation on our behalf.
In fact, not only is Jesus our go-between as our mediator, but the Bible also refers to Jesus as our Judge. What a beautiful picture that is, then, that the one who stands on our behalf to give account for our sins by his blood, is also the one whom all judgment for that sin has been entrusted. What this simply means is this: judgment shall pass right over us because we have placed our faith in the work of Jesus Christ.
That’s what the church is getting ready to celebrate 8 days from now – our Ascended Christ rules over us as our mediator. So, yes, it is fitting to bring out the trumpets that evening, and all the special choirs available, to sing songs of victory and celebration! For the Lamb who once was slain, now lives, and rules and reigns victoriously, as our substitute!