Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday's Word-In Too Deep

A few weeks ago, everyone was posting Matthew 24: 36 at every chance they could get. In case you didn't know, a false prophet prophesied that the end of the world would take place May 22nd. Obviously, since the world and all of its friendly occupants are still here, that didn't take place. And, hearing Matt 24:36 over and over, I sort of started just ignoring it. But, when I went back and looked it over more closely, I realized something:

Matt 24: 36-"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
Did you catch that?
You mean to tell me that THE SON doesn't even know when that day or hour will take place?

So, I started wondering WHY? WHY wouldn't the SON of the Father know the hour or even just the day?! Doesn't he, having given Himself up for mankind, have some sort of special privilege to know atLEAST the DAY?! That's when I realized something else: He's in too deep! Think about it. He loves us so much that He took our punishment in order to save our very lives. He's invested! He loves us more than he did before He took the punishment-if that's possible! He KNOWS us! He was WITH us! He cannot look at this situation objectively now. He HAS to take our side! He cannot let "that day" come too soon! He's in too deep.

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 4: 14-5: 10 that Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses. He KNOWS our temptations firsthand because He experienced them, and still never sinned! Hebrews 7: 25 says "...he always lives to intercede for them [us]." Isaiah 53: 12 tells us "...he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." Hear that? He LIVES to intercede for us! We have a full-time Intercessor!

Hebrews 9: 15 says that "Christ is the mediator of a new that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed..." A mediator between who (whom? I could never get that straight)? Between us and God (see 1 Tim 2: 5). And, a mediator, typically, would not take sides, right? But Jesus WAS the ransom! He chose US-OUR SIDE-knowing that without a ransom paid, we were as good as dead. He took care of "business!"

So, Jesus's role now is to mediate on our behalf! He cannot remain objective. He's personally invested! I believe His hope is that "that day" would be put off as long as possible in the hopes that more and more people can come to Him so He may mediate on their behalf. This is why we can approach the Throne of Grace (on which The Father Almighty sits) with confidence! It's like we walk up and God is about to condemn us for a sin and Jesus steps in between us and says, "Look, Father! Look at my hands-my side! This sin has been paid for, too! Don't count it against her!" Because Jesus, our Intercessor, our Mediator, our Ransom, has done His job, we are restored, justified!

Since HE is "in too deep," He will continue to mediate on our behalf as we wait for "that day!"

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