Advent Series 2015: This piece originally appeared in the He Reads Truth Advent Series. Along with many of their reading plans you can find it here in full.
My wife and I recently went to the theatre to see Bridge of Spies. While you might expect an espionage story to be action packed, the majority of the film is actually focused on Tom Hanks in the role of a master negotiator. No spoilers here. You can gather from the trailer that Hanks, a mild mannered insurance lawyer, is up for the challenge of a lifetime. He must mediate an unofficial prisoner trade between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the peak of the Cold War.
As we walked out of the theatre, I thought, Being a professional mediator would be an insanely stressful job.
A little later on, though, it made me think of Moses.
Moses was a mediator for Israel. Part of his role as leader was to stand between Yahweh and the people of God. Instead of merely serving political interests, Moses was responsible for mediating the Law of God to an entire nation. Initially, he was also responsible for mediating the sins of the people before God. Though we serve a loving and gracious God, I cannot imagine a more demanding role.
At the outset of His public ministry, Jesus proclaimed clearly that He had not come to abolish the Law, but rather to fulfill it (Matthew 5: 17). In fact, the entire Sermon on the Mount is reflective of Moses standing before the people, presenting the Law. Every time we hear Jesus proclaim, “You have heard it said…but I say unto you,” we witness Him reissuing, reaffirming, and remediating the Law.
Where Moses had to continually offer sacrifice and ask for pardon, Jesus laid down His life, becoming not only the sacrifice, but also the Great High Priest...
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