Job 16:21-22 (HCSB)
I wish that someone might arbitrate
between a man and God
just as a man pleads for his friend.
For only a few years will pass
before I go the way of no return.
Job expresses exactly what I longed for just prior to hearing the Gospel. I knew that God existed and I knew my thought life. I knew that “the way of no return” was going to continually creep up on me, and that I would have nothing in my defense which could change this course. But then, I was finally exposed to the Gospel, the “good news” regarding Jesus Christ. In being told that good news, I was first warned about what I already somehow knew, that I, in essence, was short of perfection. “Holy” and “loving” was not something which could really describe me, but only God, who I did not know. My question then was this, “If God is perfect, holy, and loving… then why doesn’t He just be perfect for me?” My plea was now exposed. I was then told that this is exactly what God did 2,000 years ago through His Son, Jesus Christ. That He died on the cross for those who recognized what I had admitted to being guilty of, and then rose three days later, demonstrating that He had conquered death and accomplished what I knew I needed… an arbitrator who does it for me, resulting in my salvation. But, this still was not enough in my mind. I needed to know what made Jesus qualified to do this great thing. I brought up the fact that many people throughout history had claimed to be a savior, so I asked… “What makes this Jesus so special? Why does God appoint someone else to do it? I mean, why doesn’t God just do it Himself?” That’s when I gained (for me at least) the most important piece of the puzzle… I found out that Jesus is God. I had no idea that Jesus is God. I had heard that He was the “Son of God,” but that did not resonate with me. Finding out that Jesus is God meant that He did not, in fact, delegate the job for someone else to do. It meant that He actually was perfect for others. It meant that He did it Himself, what no one else could ever do. That was a God that I could trust and bow down to. It changed everything for me.
Do you also need someone who “might arbitrate between a man and God, just as a man pleads for his friend”? Do you sense that “only a few years will pass before I go the way of no return”?
Then, turn to Christ. Fall at His feet and trust in Him. For He is qualified for such a need…
Colossians 1:15-23 (HCSB)
He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities —
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together.
He is also the head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead,
so that He might come to have
first place in everything.
For God was pleased to have
all His fullness dwell in Him,
and through Him to reconcile
everything to Himself
by making peace
through the blood of His cross, —
whether things on earth or things in heaven.
Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him — if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.