Summary: Our great need for a mediator is met in the work of Jesus Christ. This sermon focuses on Job's realization of this need and points us to every person's need for a mediator.
I want to know Jesus, don’t you? I want to see Him from different angles. I want to hear Him described by different people. I want to see the different ways He has touched other people.
Today we begin a series of messages for the month that will have us looking at Jesus – only we’ll be looking in a place where we too often fail to see Him – the Old Testament. The fact is, the OT is full of “Snapshots of the Savior.”
We’re not talking the old “Where’s Waldo” scene, where you have to hunt and hunt until you find the one time he appears amidst the thousands of others in the scene.
It’s more like this puzzle I ran across in a somewhat “dumbed down” entrance pre-test. (show on screen: “Can you see the elephant in this picture?”)
The OT is actually full of Jesus. Someone has summarized the message of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation: “Someone is coming. Someone is here. Someone is coming again.”
It’s with that realization that we’ll see some different views of Jesus as the OT looked forward to His first appearance on earth.
The one we’re looking at today centers around the view of Jesus as a Go-between, a mediator – we might call such a person the arbiter, or umpire, or the middle man.
The carpet outlet store tells me to buy direct from them – they’ll eliminate the middleman and save me money. Buy direct! Who needs a middle man?
That’s fine when it comes to buying carpet, or a car, or dog food, but what about when it comes to my relationship with God? Do I need a go-between or not?
I. We Need a Mediator with God
Before anyone is going to care about a message on this subject, we’re all going to have to be convinced it matters. I’m already convinced of it! Now let me tell you why!….
1. Because God is beyond us
-If God seems far off, it’s because He is!!
-transcendence – “to climb over, to go beyond”
God is “transcendent,” beyond creation: uncreated (I Tim 6:16 – “Who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light”), holy, exalted, unbound by the dimensions of time and space that confine our reality.
Israel got a taste of this once God began to speak with them directly…
(Deuteronomy 5:24-27) And you said, "The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a man can live even if God speaks with him. 25 But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer. 26 For what mortal man has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? 27 Go near and listen to all that the LORD our God says. Then tell us whatever the LORD our God tells you. We will listen and obey."
“Go on, Moses, you talk with God and then talk to us. We think it would be good if someone could be our go-between, kind of soften the blow of dealing directly with God.”