Because He Lives

Mark 16

In Mark 16 we learn of Christ’s glorious resurrection following his violent crucifixion. We see Christ’s life being proclaimed on three fronts.

  1. The Empty Tomb Proclaimed Life.
  2. The Angels Proclaimed Life.
  3. The Eyewitnesses Proclaimed Life.

Because He Lives, He is my Mediator

Jesus Christ is the only mediator between humanity and God. Just what is a “mediator”? A mediator is one who goes in between two groups or persons to help them work out their differences and come to agreement. A mediator usually is a neutral party, a go-between, intermediator, or arbitrator who brings about reconciliation in a hostile situation when divided persons are not able to work out their differences themselves.

No other one could span the great gulf between a holy God and sinful humanity. As a result of His twofold nature, Jesus is in the position to “lay His hands on both of us.” The nail-scarred hands of Jesus, which are both divine and human testify to the tremendous cost of our redemption. These scars are the seal of the mediation between us and God.

The believer could only lose his or her salvation if Christ were ineffective in HIs role as mediator.

Because He Lives, He is my Intercessor

Jesus Christ is the intercessor between mankind and God. What is an intercessor? Literally, the word “intercession” means “to come between” (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia). Simply put, in the Bible, intercession is “The act of petitioning God or praying on behalf of another person or group” (Nelson’s Bible Dictionary). Successful intercession also depends upon those for whom intercession is made obeying the Word of God (John 17:9). There was no need for an intercessor between man and God until sin separated us from God in the Garden.

It is a mistake to shallowly understand Christ’s intercession for us as the loving Son coming before the wrathful Father to somehow cajole Him into forgiveness. The truth is far more complex and glorious. Our God is not tri-theistic, but rather triune. He simultaneously stands over us in holy wrath, and in loving forgiveness.  

Because He Lives, He is my Advocate

Jesus Christ is mankind’s advocate with God. What is an advocate? An advocate is one who pleads the cause of another. The term is applied by Jesus to the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). It is also applied by John to Jesus Himself.

His advocacy is that which restores us after we have sinned. God does not want His children to sin, and you can rest assured that sin breaks fellowship between Christians and God.

Christians need an advocate because of the Adversary, the devil or Satan, who accuses us before God (1 Peter 5:8). If Satan is the “prosecuting attorney,” Christ and the Holy Spirit are the legal advocates, the “defense attorneys,” who help, defend, counsel, and comfort us; they plead the Christian’s case before God day and night, providing continuing remedy for sin.

Conclusion

To conclude, remember the words of the old Hymn:

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,

Because He lives, all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future,

And life is worth the living,

Just because He lives!”

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