For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human,” 1 Timothy 2:5 NRSV.
While seeming to state the obvious that there is one God and one mediator, today's verse serves as a reminder. However, it is often good to be reminded of the obvious to put things into perspective. There is just one! Our spiritual journey is not a multiple-choice test but a yes or no. Do we believe in one God and one mediator Jesus Christ?
Every day we are faced with multiple gods, things that clamor for our attention and attempt to redirect our desires away from the one true God. Of course, this is nothing new; since the early days of man, we have searched for replacement gods to fill the void created in not serving the true God. Instead, they would form idols out of wood, stone, silver, and gold to set on a shelf and worship. Instead of worshipping the Creator, they honored their creations. Today, we do the same thing, worshipping money, status, people, teams, etc.
Jesus Christ is the one and only mediator. We are good at acknowledging Jesus’s divinity but sometimes fail to remember his humanity. He experienced everything we experience in life among us–joy, sadness, hunger, exhaustion, anger, disgust, frustrations, trials, and temptations. When we offer our prayers, Jesus uniquely understands. He appreciates our pain because he has walked in our shoes. How blessed we are to have Jesus as our intermediary, who can carry the contents of our hearts to God when all we can do sometimes is groan.
Father God, we give thanks to you, the one true God. We thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died for us, returned to you, and serves as our go-between in prayer. We thank you for our guide, the Holy Spirit, that reminds us there is one God and one mediator. Amen.