For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.
— 1 Timothy 2:5
A folk story is told of the bandit Jose Rivera who became notorious in several little towns in Texas for robbing banks and businesses. Finally a Texas Ranger caught up with Jose as he was taking a siesta at a local saloon.
He walked over to the sleeping bandit, tapped him on the shoulder, and asked, “Are you Jose Rivera?” The man mumbled, “No speak English.” The ranger beckoned a young barkeep to help him communicate. The ensuing conversation was tedious. Finally, the ranger warned Jose Rivera that he had two choices: let him know where all the loot was hidden, or be shot dead instantly. The young man translated the ultimatum.
Jose Rivera pulled himself together and said to the young man, “Tell him to go out of the bar, turn to the right, go about a mile, and he will see a well. Near the well he will see a very tall tree. If he digs on the north side of the tree, he will find all of the money I have taken.”
The young man turned to the ranger, opened his mouth, paused, and then said, “Jose Rivera says, ‘Go ahead and shoot!’”
Very often, we find ourselves reliant on an intermediary to transmit a message to us. Yet the reliability of the message we receive is only as good as the mediator. But in Christ, we have a perfect mediator, who gave us the message of eternal life that came from God. So thank God today for sending Jesus as the perfect mediator that we may know Him!
Thank God that He sent Jesus Christ to be a mediator so that you can know Him!
Questions for Thought
What does it mean to you that God sent a mediator, Jesus Christ, so that you can have a relationship with Him?
How can you let others know that God has made Himself accessible through Christ?