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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.

                Hockey 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 Mediator.

                Right now 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.

                But we 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). 

                In the 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 2:5

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