I was 15-years-old when I noticed a truck parked on the street with a large Bible verse written across the side. It said, “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5.”
I read that verse and I thought about it—and I thought about it for years! It’s in the Bible? It MUST be true!
Yet in our church we didn’t study the Bible. Why not? Shouldn’t we know God’s Word? We prayed to mediators more than we prayed to God! I began to question the religion of my heritage.
That verse continued to haunt me until I attended my first Bible study as a young adult. It was then I learned that not only was Jesus Christ the only mediator, I learned there was no place I had to go after death to pay for my sins! When Jesus went to the cross He paid for ALL my sins! No further payment or purification was necessary!
I couldn’t believe my ears! I had needlessly lived in fear of the pain and suffering I would someday endure in order to be cleansed from my sins after my death. Suddenly I wanted to jump up and down and shout the good news! I just could not understand why other people with this same information were not sharing the good news themselves! This was GREAT News!
Then I read in Luke 23:39-43, the story of the thieves being crucified next to Jesus. One of them hurled insults at Jesus, while the other thief rebuked that man for not fearing God.
“We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Was that criminal worthy of paradise? Had he joined a church? Been baptized? On the contrary, he was notorious for his evil deeds! Yet Jesus promised him paradise!
It was his faith that saved him! Moreover, the thief didn’t need a mediator. He went directly to Jesus!
- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
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