Friday, Feb. 12
OK, how does all this business about mediators and guarantors relate to the passage in Hebrews? Why does the author use terms like mediator and guarantor? In a court of law, the defense lawyer has no vested interest in his client. His life will go on whether the accused man is declared guilty or innocent. What motivates him is his sense of justice and his reputation. The bondsman does have a vested interest. If everything goes well he will make a profit. There is a risk that he could lose a bundle if the man flees, a risk that motivates some bondsmen to charge exorbitant fees that would over time cover fees that were lost by fleeing culprits. So neither of these men necessarily has a personal interest in the man on trial. And that is why we should not carry a metaphor to an extreme. Jesus is our mediator, but a far different one than is seen in human courts. But He is also our guarantor. As guarantor He goes way beyond the role of a human bondsman. He did not risk anything. His reputation was not at stake. He was not out to make a profit. He did not make a loan, but paid our debt out of love, a far greater debt than will ever occur in a human court of law. And because He paid the debt Himself, He has every reason to plead our case in the courts of heaven. When Jesus guaranteed our redemption the issue was settled. We don’t even have to wait for a trial to end. So Christ is our mediator and our guarantor. Both Paul and the author of Hebrews use the words “much more.” Whether you speak of high priest, mediator, or guarantor, that those words are appropriate, albeit inadequate. It is impossible to exalt Christ too much. Even the words “how much more” don’t come close.