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March 31, 1992

The Mediator

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[God] is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. 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. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot. JOB 9:32-35
All of us are in a continual search for someone to mediate life for us—someone to connect us to God, to serve as a bridge between heaven and earth.
We desperately want to have a relationship with the transcendent God, but we know that there’s no way we can live up to His standard. That leaves us in the very uncomfortable position of wanting something that, no matter how badly we yearn for it, we can never achieve. Job articulated this desire better than any other Old Testament writer. In this passage, he was crying out for that mediator—the Messiah, the Savior Who was first promised in Genesis 3:15 and finally arrived in Matthew 1:1.
The Book of Job, and these verses in particular, makes it abundantly clear how important the role of Jesus is in our lives. No mere man is strong enough or wise enough to serve as that bridge between heaven and earth. There is no person capable of satisfying the demands of God and the needs of man simultaneously—no person except Jesus, that is. When He died on the cross, He stepped into that unbridgeable gap. With one hand on your shoulder and one hand on God’s shoulder, He brought together two parties who otherwise could have never met.
So what difference does this make in our lives at work? The answer is simple. Our coworkers, employees, and colleagues are all searching for the same divine connection we longed for before we met Christ. By our words and deeds, we have the wonderful opportunity to introduce them to the only One Who can bridge the gap for them.

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