Colossians 1:21 - Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in
your minds because of your evil behavior.
Ephesians 2:12 – Remember that you were at that time separate from
Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the
covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Hebrews 9:15 – For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so
that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions
that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may
receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
1 John 5:11-12 – And the testimony is this, that God has given us
eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does
not have life.
fans are frustrated with the current lockout of the NHL. Even some of the NHL players are expressing
heavy dissatisfaction over social media towards NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman,
while my guess is owners are equally frustrated with NHLPA counsel Donald Fehr. The situation
seems almost hopeless, and so the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to bring in a
mediator. This is a great picture of how
we are without hope before God because of our trespasses unless we have a
Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman , while maybe not enemies outside the
discussion room, sit at opposing ends of the table, unable to resolve this
conflict. Picture yourself with God,
trying to work out your eternal future through discussion with Him – only in your
mind, you are an enemy of God because of your evil behavior (Colossians 1:21),
and are already guilty and undeserving of His gifts (Romans 3:23). The NHL and NHLPA remain apart on their discussions
but at least are peers; we are ‘excluded from the commonwealth of Israel’ and ‘have
no hope and are without God in the world’(Ephesians 2:12). Most people wouldn’t want to be in Bettman’s
or Fehr’s shoes – but I’d rather be in their shoes than on my own at the
negotiating table with God.
are not left to be on our own. God, in
His mercy, sent us His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the mediator of a new covenant –
where there is redemption for transgressions and the promise of eternal
inheritance (Hebrews 9:15). This is the
only way we will win at the table with God.
1 John 5:11-12 is clear – it is only through Jesus Christ, the Son of
God, that we might gain eternal life.
In fact, this is the only way to ask for anything from God – through Jesus
Christ (John 16:24 – Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and
you will receive, so that your joy may be made full).
old testament people went through priests to present offerings and sacrifices
to the Lord, but now Jesus is our permanent High Priest (Hebrews 7:24) so we
have direct access to the throne of God.
Therefore let us draw near with
confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace
to help in time of need – Hebrews 4:16.
What a blessing that we can have such an intimate relationship with the
Creator – and not remain having ‘no hope and without God in the world’ because
of our Mediator, Jesus Christ!
Have you asked Jesus to be your mediator between you and
God? Do you take advantage of the open
access we have to the throne of grace? What
are things in your life that you need to present to Jesus as your High Priest?
Additional reading – John 14:6, Hebrews 9:26-28, 1 Timothy
Posted on Tue, November 27, 2012
by Todd Lohstreter filed under