What would it feel like to be in the presence of the person who mediated a permanent peace agreement in the most war-torn part of the world? Think Israel/Palestine, North/South Korea, Syria, Saudi Arabia/Yemen, or Sudan.
If that world-renowned reconciler walked into the room, where would everyone’s attention go? Even if it were a room full of the wealthiest, most powerful people in the world, they would stop their conversations to see and hear from the one person who did what none of their money or power could accomplish. All the combined glory of the best and brightest people would not even be a fraction of the glory of this world-class mediator.
What does it take to be a reconciler like this when the stakes are that high?
Both sides in the conflict must feel that the mediator has their best interests at heart. The reconciler must have a vested interest in both sides.
Jesus is the most glorious of all mediators and reconcilers.
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. (I Timothy 2:5-6)
There is only one God, and there is only one kind of humanity. The one God is holy, and humanity is not. That is a problem. The mediator needed to bring these two sides together must be rooted in both sides.
This mediator must be fully vested in God and fully vested in humanity. Fully God so that the standards are not lowered, yet fully human so that our suffering and frailty is not discounted. Jesus didn’t bring reconciliation from a safe distance, He immersed Himself in pain and suffering.
The glory of Jesus the Reconciler is seen in His willingness to absorb the blame and wrongdoing of humanity against one another and against God.
The glory of Jesus the Reconciler is seen in His willingness to humble Himself as eternal God and take on a human nature, enter His own creation, and display the love and mercy of God to humanity.
The glory of Jesus the Reconciler is seen in Him becoming what He was not (fully God) yet not ceasing to be what He always was (fully man).
The glory of Jesus the Reconciler is seen in the union of His divine nature with His human nature in one person. His divine nature did not distort His human nature, nor did His human nature distort His divine nature. The mediation He achieved satisfied both parties.
Indeed, Jesus is the most glorious of all reconcilers and mediators.