Thursday, April 10, 2014

If Only: Job's Cry For a Mediator

From CJ Mahaney's book Christ Our Mediator: Finding Passion at the Cross:
Tucked away in the book of Job is an agonizing glimpse of this dilemma from a human perspective - plus a hint of the solution God will provide.

In the midst of his suffering, the man Job is acutely aware of God's holiness, and he fears his afflictions may be an expression of God's judgment. In this awareness, Job at one point cries out, "How can a mortal be righteous before God?" After all, he knows that God "is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court."

Locked in hopelessness, Job somehow summons this desperate long:
If only there were someone to arbitrate between us
to lay his hand upon us both,
someone to remove God's rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
If only. If only there were someone to arbitrate between a suffering man and a holy God. Such an arbitrator, such a mediator, could indeed touch us both, lay his hand upon us both. Then somehow I could escape the terror of God's judgment. Job saw clearly the impassable gulf between humanity and God, yet somehow he could envision an intermediary to bridge that impossible distance.

Can you place yourself in Job's sandals? In the true reality of the divine dilemma, that's exactly where you and I are in our humanity - ready to die under the righteous wrath of a holy Lord, with absolutely no hope . . . except to cry out for a mediator.
Praise God that that Mediator has come: Jesus Christ the righteous. This is another reminder that Jesus is the object and the author of Scripture. Every page bleeds red.


For more:
"Christ Our Mediator" by CJ Mahaney: A Review
1 Timothy 2:5 & the Key to the Bible
"Blood Work" by Anthony Carter: A Review"The Cross of Christ" by John Stott: A Review
"In My Place, Condemned He Stood"
"It is Well"
"Precious Blood": A Review 
"Death by Love" by Mark Driscoll 
Its Not Just a Theory: Stott on Penal Substitution
John Stott on the The Human Enigma
Theology Thursday | Does McLaren Reject Penal Substitution: A Review of the Evidence
Brian McLaren and Emergent Soteriology:  From Cultural Accommodation to the Social Gospel
God as Butcher: McLaren on Penal Substitution  
The Postmodern Social Gospel:  Brian McLaren Proves My Point  
Brian McLaren and Emergent Soteriology:  From Cultural Accommodation to the Social Gospel
Does McLaren Reject Penal Substitution:  A Look at the Evidence
Allison: A History of the Doctrine of the Atonement
"Salvation Brings Imitation": Piper on Christus Exemplar
Where Theology and Life Intersect: A Theological Case for Christus Exemplar and Why It is Necessary - Part 1 - Introduction
Where Theology and Life Intersect: A Theological Case for Christus Exemplar and Why It is Necessary - Part 2 - Christus Exemplar and the doctrine of sin and depravity
Where Theology and Life Intersect: A Theological Case for Christus Exemplar and Why It is Necessary - Part 3 - The History of Christus Exemplar
Where Theology and Life Intersect: A Theological Case for Christus Exemplar and Why It is Necessary - Part 4 - Christus Exemplar and Humility
Sanctification Demands It: The Necessity of the Atonement
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