Advent Day #5

He is on the Way, Day #5

Jesus is good news because…

He perfectly bridges the gap between God and mankind!

This is a simple truth, that can lose it’s power in the retelling, so I spent time yesterday evening trying to see it through fresh eyes…

As Job discovered this is a world full of brokenness and suffering, and God often seems to be far away. Job did the equation: my good conduct + my horrible circumstances = very unfair! And sometimes we can feel like Job. Like him we can want to bring God into the courtroom, but instead he seems far away and capricious. We can feel tempted to cry out with Job, “if only there was a mediator between us!”

“God our Savior… desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 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.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

God has compassion on us! He provided the mediator. Jesus stepped out of eternity into humanity, to perfectly bridge the gap between God and man. It is deeply humbling to discover that God actually created us for joyful intimacy with him; that it is his overwhelming passion that we be known by and loved by him, and that we would know and love him in return. As Augustine said back in 4th Century AD: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” 

In a move of utter generosity he has stepped in to rescue the situation. He has provided the perfect mediator; the one who is both God and perfect man; human and the Son of God. By him God draws near, and shows us his character, unveiled and no longer hidden behind circumstances. In Jesus, God suffers with us and for us.

Jesus puts one hand on God and the other hand on us, at the cost of his life, and he brings us together; healing a breach that humanity created in the first place. And now Jesus stands in God’s presence forever interceding on our behalf. (Romans 8:38).

Job 9v33

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