O Come, Righteous Mediator
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Exodus 34:10-28, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Matthew 5:17, Hebrews 9:11-15
BY Guest Writer
Throughout biblical history, there have been whispers of this beautiful truth: something greater is coming. From the creation of the world and everything in it, to the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command in the garden, destroying every perfect relationship that existed, we’re left longing for something more—for a resolution that can never be thwarted by human insufficiencies.
Throughout Scripture we see the story of a covenant-making, covenant-keeping God and His people. We see in Exodus 34 that God vows to protect His people, bless them, and make them prosperous. All they had to do was obey the law He established for them. The covenant and the law existed because God had given Israel a special place as His holy people, a light to the other nations (Isaiah 49:6). They were to be God’s representatives to the world, holy because He is holy (1 Peter 1:15).
As mere humans, they couldn’t determine what was righteous or holy or good on their own, so God set up some precepts for them to follow. But try as they might, they could never manage to keep in step with the rhythm of righteousness God had initiated. Time and again, God’s people fell short of God’s standard and disobeyed. What’s intriguing is that the story never ends with their shortcomings. In fact, the story always continues with God re-establishing His commitment to His people.
In no uncertain terms, God’s makes His intentions toward His people, and to us by extension, absolutely clear in His new covenant. He promises, “I will put my teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jeremiah 31:33).
The Father sent His own Son to establish a more perfect covenant. Whereas the former covenant was sealed with the blood of calves, goats, and rams, the new covenant is sealed with the blood of Jesus. It was Jesus’s death on the cross that secured an eternal inheritance for countless sons and daughters, closing the gap between God and humanity, once and for all.
The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead has given us a new birth. He sanctifies us, and His power joins us together as one functional and activated body, the Church. As the Church, we are God’s inheritance, holy and blameless, made righteous by the incredible working of the the Spirit’s power. And that same Spirit is the deposit pointing to the full consummation of the new covenant. Jesus Christ, our Righteous Mediator, will one day return for His beautiful, holy bride, the Church. Something greater is coming. Lord, hasten the day.
Erin Rose lives and works in vibrant Richmond, Virginia, where she serves as Worship & Teaching Pastor at East End Fellowship. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Erin is a member of Urban Doxology, a ministry that is writing the soundtrack of reconciliation for the church. Her greatest joy lies in leading God’s people in authentic worship, and teaching them the truth found in God’s Word. She also enjoys eating delicious food, spending time with loved ones, and indulging in the occasional Netflix binge.