If you see someone who seems to be particularly harried and distressed right now, it is possibly an NFL fan—desperately fearful about the labor dispute that is threatening to shut down America’s most popular sport. The increasing intensity of recriminations and accusations found some measure of relief recently when both sides—the players and the owners—agreed to meet with a Federal mediator. While the mediation is not binding, it is at least a positive step to try and repair all that has been broken by months of angry rhetoric, and those meetings are scheduled to resume tomorrow.
The role of a mediator is simple—to build a bridge for two sides in conflict with one another. The greatest example of mediation in history, however, has nothing to do with a labor dispute. It was the task of reconciling lost humanity with a holy God. For that role of mediation, God sent His own Son into the breach to build a bridge for a fallen race to be restored to their Creator. To that end, Paul wrote:
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus… (1 Timothy 2:5)
Christ came into the world to be the One who would reconcile between God and His fallen creation, and He accomplished that task on the cross. How completely has He achieved that reconciliation? John wrote:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name… (John 1:12)
Not only have we been reconciled to God, we are given the privilege of, by faith, entering into His family and becoming His children! Relationship with God, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life are the result of that reconciliation. All of that because, when mediation was needed, Jesus came to bring us peace.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain