What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.
Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…” I Timothy 2:5
Mediators are only called when two people are in conflict and need resolution. The job of the mediator is to make peace between the parties. In I Timothy, we are reminded that we are at conflict with God and Christ is the one who makes peace.
Exactly how are we in conflict with God? We are sinners; people who are in dispute with God. God cannot abide sin and, therefore, cannot be in a relationship with those who are filled with sin. What is sin? Sin is a transgression of the law and rebellion against God. Every human is guilty of sin, we inherited this from Adam and commit sin on a daily basis. The just punishment for our sin is death and separation; an eternity apart from God.
God loved us so much He wanted to provide a way for us to once again be close to Him. There is nothing we could do to make things right with God; no amount of good works which could ever save us. Without someone to go before God on our behalf we would be without hope.
Enter Christ! For all those who believe in Him, Christ becomes their representative before God. Christ speaks on their behalf and makes peace with God for them. Christ took on our punishment Himself, making those who believe in Him righteous and just in the eyes of God. His mediation is the only means of salvation.
A frequently used symbol of peace is a dove. To give our children a visual reminder of Christ our Mediator, now would be a perfect opportunity to mix a batch of your favorite sugar cookies. Nab a dove cookie cutter at your local bakery supply shop and have some fun. Frost your cookies with white or gray frosting glaze. For an added touch, ‘place’ an olive branch in each dove’s mouth!
“ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17