“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.”

Hebrews 8:6

We need to understand that, naturally speaking, there is a state of conflict between us and God. God is grieved by of our sin; offended by our indifference and unbelief; and saddened by our arrogance and ingratitude. As a result God sees us as rebels, traitors, and those who deserve the severest punishment and we are in no position to argue our case with God.

However, rather than wiping us off the face of the earth God, in His great love, chose to restore us to His peace by sending His Son to take our place on the cross. Colossians 1:20 says “and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

Christ is the one and only mediator between God and man. This idea is alien to our modern world where political correctness demands that all religions are treated equally and frowns on any claim of exclusivity. But as surely as there is only one God, so surely there is only one Media- tor between God and men. Jesus clearly said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Before Jesus came, people waited for the annual Day of Atonement, when the high priest en- tered the Most Holy Place. The Jews call this special day Yom Kippur. In that awe-inspiring place where the Ark of the Covenant was located, the High Priest offered the blood of animals on be- half of himself and the Israelites.

When Jesus Christ came to earth, something better was revealed. He Himself became our High Priest by sacrificing His life and shedding His blood to atone for our sins. Now, when we accept His gift of forgiveness, we can rejoice that the penalty of our sins has been paid and our guilt removed.

Salvation through our Lord Jesus is the only way we can be forgiven and have fellowship with God. Have you accepted this mediator?

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Garment of Praise

Monthly Insights for Spiritual Growth, Encouragement and Personal Victory.

Oluyemisi Onanuga

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