Being caught in the middle isn’t the most enjoyable position to be in. A traffic cop directing cars at a busy intersection where an accident has occurred can have it tough. A mom working out the differences between two siblings doesn’t have an easy task. In a contract dispute, an arbitrator has to tread lightly so as not to show favoritism. Being a middleman or a go-between isn’t always the spot people want to be in. The Old Testament leader Moses knew what that was like, but the Lord knew why Moses was there. “For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, ‘Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.’ The LORD said to me: ‘What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him’” (Deuteronomy 18:16-18). Moses was the middleman delivering the Lord’s message to his people.
Now take a trip past Sinai to Calvary, where we see God’s ultimate mediation. Jesus, God’s own perfect Son, took the full wrath of God for the sins of the world. And that one-time sacrifice has ongoing effects. Today our Savior continues as he sits at the right hand of his Father, pleading and putting in a word for you every day until he welcomes you into his arms.