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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 20:1-49 ESV, Hebrews 9:11-28 ESV, Psalm 107:1-43 ESV, Proverbs 27:11 ESV

Daily Verse: “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” (Hebrews 9:15 ESV)

MESITES (3316): “Means lit., “a go-between” (from mesos, “middle,” and eimi, “to go”). Is used in two ways in the NT, “one who mediate” between two parties with a view to producing peace, as in 1 Ti 2:5, though more than mere “mediatorship” is in view, for the salvation of men necessitated that the Mediator should Himself possess the nature and attributes of Him towards whom He acts, and should likewise participate in the nature of those for whom He acts (sin apart); only by being possessed both of deity and humanity could He comprehend the claims of the one and the needs of the other; further, the claims and the needs could be met only by One who Himself being proved sinless, would offer Himself an expiatory sacrifice on behalf of men; “one who acts as a guarantee” so as to secure something which otherwise would not be obtained.  Thus, in Heb 9:15 Christ is the Surety of “the better covenant,” “the new covenant,” guaranteeing its terms for His people.”[1]

Go between.

Full confession, I didn’t begin to mature in my faith until my late twenties.  Raised in the church, I knew I needed Christ; I didn’t understand why.  Connecting with God’s purity requires a go-between; Jesus fits the bill.

When light enters a dark room, the darkness leaves, the two can’t coexist together.  Light expels darkness, or the absence of light equals darkness.  Either way, you can’t have them both in the same room. 

Jesus expels.

Our sin lives in the darkness; Jesus brings it into the light, expelling the darkness from our lives.  God and evil can’t coexist; Jesus forgives the sin in our lives and ushers us into the Lord’s presence.

Mediators bring peace if they do their job well.  Jesus excels at bringing peace into our hearts when we place our faith in Him.  Christ shows us a new way to live that will help us discover a vibrant life. 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 ESV)

Embrace Jesus’s mediation in your life, and let the light into the dark areas of your hearts.  Experience life abundantly as you follow Christ, letting Him fill your heart with peace.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 161) Thomas Nelson

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