“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.” (1 Timothy 2:1-7)
This is very loaded.
Through Jesus…one mediator
What is so important about acknowledging Jesus?
Many have tried, and are still trying to get to God on their own, seeking and inventing many ways thought to be leading them to God.
Why has God dedicated his Son to be the mediator between him and mankind?
Above all, God wants us to know that he is a Father. Since he is a Father, he has a son. And the son is so dear to him that nothing that God has ever made, has he ever made them without the son. Nothing.
The beauty of the son is revealed as such:
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20)
The french translations of Matthew 3:17 unveils profound statements regarding the love of the Father for his son:
“en qui j’ai mis toute mon affection.” (in whom I have stored all my affection)
“en qui j’ai pris mon bon plaisir” (in whom I have taken my good pleasure)
“en qui j’ai trouvé mon plaisir.” (in whom I have found my pleasure)
With me having adapted the french translations of the Bible since I was born, the Spirit of God uses these very phrases, to open my eyes and remind me of where to find love, of who God loves the most, and how apart of Jesus the love of God cannot be found. I was free when I learned that. I was solidly, peacefully, joyfully, tearfully free when my heart stopped wavering in all those ways I was trying to please God.
In all of creation, nothing could save us. God made the new way, and the new way is Jesus.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Everytime we say “through Jesus” we are calling to mind what is above all of creation, what is above both visible and invisible, we are calling to mind the son of God, that God used to demonstrate his love for us by having him shed his blood on a cross to reconcile us to him.
Yes, there is power in the name of Jesus, our advocate before the throne of God. Thank you, Lord. Praised be your name, for all eternity, Amen.