Hebrews: Who is Jesus | Day Nine
Mediator | By: Kate Downing
“[A]nd to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” - Hebrews 12:24
Before we dive into Hebrews, spend the next few minutes asking the Lord to quiet your mind. Share with Him the things that are weighing you down or distracting you. Ask Him to help you focus and hear from Him today.
Read the following verses in Hebrews and identify the common descriptor of Jesus in each: Hebrews 8:6, 9:15, 12:24.
Look up the definition of “mediator” and write it down.
With the definition of “mediator” in mind, how does Jesus act as the Mediator between God and us?
We’ll talk more about this in a minute. However, for now, let’s look at a section of verses in Hebrews 12 that is easily applicable to our everyday lives.
Read Hebrews 12:3-4. Who is verse three telling us to “consider”?
What hostility did Jesus face?
APPLY: What hostility or persecution are you facing in your faith? Stop and ask the Lord to strengthen you to stand against it today as He did. Thank Him for giving you an example to follow.
Read Hebrews 12:5-11. No one loves to be disciplined, but these verses tell us how God’s discipline is in fact a blessing. Summarize in your own words how discipline from the Lord is evidence of His care for you.
APPLY: When have you experienced discipline or correction from God? How did it help you? Take the next few minutes to thank God for loving you enough to discipline you.
Read Hebrews 12:12-17. These verses point back to Hebrews 12:1 where we are told to run the race God has set before us with no hindrances.
How can being spiritually exhausted hinder you from running well (v. 12-13)?
How can being at odds with someone or having bitterness against someone hinder you from running well (v. 14-15)?
Esau was Isaac’s eldest son. He was to inherit his father’s inheritance. However, he cared so little about the things of God that he sold his inheritance to his brother Jacob for a bowl of soup (Genesis 25:34). Here he is referenced as an example of someone who simply doesn’t care about God or honoring Him.
How can a lack of concern for God hinder you from running well (v. 16-17)?
APPLY: Do you have any of these hindrances in your life? What do you need to change in order to lay aside these things?
Read Hebrews 12:18-29. The author includes this as a warning to those who are considering leaving the faith. He contrasts the scenes of two different mountainside encounters with God: Mount Sinai (v. 18-21) and Mount Zion (v. 22-24). Because Jesus is our Mediator between God and man, we have the opportunity to approach the presence of God who is called “a consuming fire” (v. 29) without fear. However, if we walk away from God, we will face his judgment.
How significant is Jesus’ role as our mediator? What would our lives look like without Him in this role?
Write out a prayer thanking Jesus for being your mediator today.