If only there were a mediator who could bring us together, but there is none. The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment. Then I could speak to him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength. ~Job
Job was a man desperate for a negotiator. Something had broken in the good life he was living, something had come between him and the God he served. His friends told him he must have done something to deserve it, but Job wasn’t so sure. Even while he acknowledged his imperfection, he’s feeling like God’s picking on him and he has no way to defend himself. Job knows that the only One who can relieve his suffering is the very One he fears is behind it. One whose presence he is not fit to enter to ask for relief. And so he cries out for someone else to stand in the gap between them.
It amazes me that in one of the oldest parts of scripture, already we see the need for exactly what Jesus is. He is the mediator for which Job begged. He is the one who places a hand on His Father and a hand on humanity and negotiates the peace that only He can provide. The book of Hebrews paints a great picture for us of this mediator who secured our salvation forever with his own blood.
Nothing in all creation can hide from Him. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes. This is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done. That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to Him and never stop trusting Him… let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it. ~from Hebrews 4
This idea of being enabled to enter into God’s presence because of what Jesus did on our behalf echoes throughout the book of Hebrews and resonates deep within our Job-like souls, as well.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus… And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s people, let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting Him. ~from Hebrews 12
Don’t let your sin convince you that God could no longer love you. He’s taken care of it. He has opened the way of reconciliation to us and we can confidently approach the One who can remake a beautiful work out the broken pieces of our lives.