If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together. Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength. Job 9:33, 35
As a physician I had the opportunity to experience our legal system in this country. There were times when I had been accused of medical malpractice requiring me to testify in a deposition. And there were times when I was asked to testify either for or against another physician who was being accused of malpractice. No matter who was being accused, it was always a harrowing experience as I realized someone with more authority and power than me would be making a decision that would affect me, but also my colleagues, friends, and family. Because I trusted my attorney, I trusted that the judge (whom I had never meant & would never see unless my case made it to court) would seek justice and truth in my case. My attorney gave a human face to what otherwise seemed like an impersonal process. We would meet before and after each deposition to give me comfort and understanding. And he would sit beside me during every deposition to not only keep me on track in my testimony, but to intercede every time the other attorney would ask unfair questions. My attorney always made me feel more comfortable and assured in the most uncomfortable and unsettling of circumstances.
Job was feeling lost and alone. He was uncomfortable and unsettled to say the least. He had lost his family, his possessions, and his health. But what made his circumstances even worse was that his friends accused him of sin that caused all of it. And so we see Job crying out to God, his judge. He knows he is a sinner. But he also knows he hasn’t done anything to bring such judgment and disaster upon himself or his family. This is when we read Job crying out for a mediator, the messiah in whom he believed would bridge the gap created by our sin. Even Job, who was blameless (Job 1:1), knew he could not stand before the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and all holy God. Job knew he needed a mediator. He knew he was sinful, even though he was blameless. He knew his heart was deceitful even though he was filled with integrity.
Our despair can only be turned into hope when we sit down with our heavenly Attorney, Jesus. That is because Jesus is our only hope. And so Paul writes, “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
In our darkest moments when we feel crushed by horrific circumstances, wrong choices, or justifiable accusations, Jesus is there to give comfort, wisdom, understanding, insight, and strength to get through it. He gives you a human face to an otherwise faceless Law and distant God. He is knocking at the door of your heart asking to share a meal with you. He wants to hear all about your fears, your joys, your trials, and your triumphs. And the amazing thing is that Jesus is more than our mediator, He is our judge. “In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge…” (John 5:22) May you have peace today knowing that Jesus will do more than listen, He will mediate. This means He has a solution for you. This means you can trust the heavenly justice system. And so meditate on Jesus, and let Him mediate for you.