The Mediator

  

In an effort to reduce the number of cases going to trial, mediation has gained popularity. In mediation, a third party enters in and attempts to negotiate a settlement between the parties who are involved in a dispute. They seek to find a mutually agreed upon compromise and prevent the need for a full trial.   Usually, there is a give and take to mediation where neither side gets exactly what they wanted. However, in 1 Timothy, Paul writes about a mediation in which one side gave all. “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5. The dispute was between God and humanity. God’s justice demands that all who sin receive the wages of sin, death. Jesus mediated between God and us by paying the price for our sins on the cross. Since He had no sin of His own, His death could pay our penalty. God the Son paid for all of our sins, As Mediator, He says that all who trust Him will have eternal life.    
That is gospel message we are to share with the world. What great news! Don’t allow social or ethnic differences be a barrier. Take the good news of Christ’s atonement to everyone.

The saved are singled out not by their own merits, but by the grace of the Mediator.” 

Martin Luther

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!   Everywhere you go this time of year you see signs of the season in full swing.  Candy canes, Christmas trees, wreaths, lights, etc cover the landscape.  For some, this is the most wonderful time of the year.  For others, it may be the busiest most hectic time.  Some even dread this time as it reopens old wounds and clearly reminds them of what they don’t have.  But we must always remember what we are celebrating.  Christmas is the day we have chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We don’t the exact date, so for centuries, December 25th has been used.

One of the things I love about this time of year is there are so many reminders of Jesus if we just have our eyes open to see them.  Evergreen trees and wreaths remind of the eternal life He came to bring.   The stars and all the lights remind us of the star which shone over Bethlehem and caught the attention of the wise men who traveled to see the newborn King of Kings and Light of the World.  Even the custom of giving gifts can remind us that God loved us so much He gave His Son, Jesus, to open the door to eternal life to all who place their trust in Him. (John 3:16-18)  Sharing the good news should be easy this time of year if we will only not lose sight of the reason we celebrate.

Let us remember to keep Christ in Christmas.  Let this be a time of sharing His love with all around us.