Purpose of this Session
Jesus is 100% God & 100% man.
In Christ perfect sinless human nature and the Divine nature were united in One Person. The purpose of this union was primarily that He may become the Mediator between mankind and God, redeeming them to their Creator.
Man’s sinful state demanded a Saviour who was not subject to the same death-doomed condition. No creature could die in their place, for the lesser could not die for the greater. A perfect sinless human being was the answer. A Mediator also had to be perfectly at one with God, and stand in a place of perfect righteousness. God’s spotless Son is the answer.
Regarding Job 9:25-35, E W Kenyon describes for us the condition we were in apart from Christ, and the yearning cry for redemption:
“In the ninth chapter Job speaks out the deepest soul agony of universal man. He lies in his tent surrounded by those whom he loves. He opens his heart and with perfect freedom, speaking the fear that grips his soul in the death struggle. He gives figures of speech that describe the rapidity with which life passes to the aged.
He continues, “If I say I will forget my calamity, I will put off my sad countenance and be of good cheer, I am afraid of my sorrows. I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent; I shall be condemned.”
Every false hope has fled; he is alone with his guilt and despair.
He says, “What is the use of trying to brighten up and put off my sad countenance; I am afraid of my sorrows.”
It is the frankness of despair. It is the hopelessness of full-orbed knowledge. “I shall be condemned.”
He cries, “Why then do I labour in vain? If I wash myself with snow-water and make my hands never so clean; yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.”
What a picture: “Mine own clothes (or self-righteousness) shall abhor me: for he is not a man, as I am that we should come together for judgement.”
Job knows that He cannot face God, for God is not mortal. He is not under the bondage and guilt of sin as is Job. Then Job utters the saddest words that ever fell from the lips of a human being. “There is no umpire betwixt us, that might lay His hands upon us both.”
In other words, there is no Mediator between us who has a legal standing with God, and at the same time can sympathise and understand as well as represent humanity. This is Job’s cry for a Mediator; it is not the cry of Job alone, for Job has gathered up the cry of the ages and breathed it forth into one hopeless sob.”
The Bible in the Light of Our Redemption
Jesus Christ was the answer to this cry!
He perfectly represented God to man, and man to God.
Robert Clarke says “The eternal Son of God became the sinless Son of Man that the sinful sons of men might become the beloved sons of God”
Again, Kevin Connor in “Foundations” describes how “Christ became both offerer and offering, sacrifice and sacrificer, priest and gift, heavenly and earthly, spiritual and natural. In His deity, He is the offerer , sacrificer and priest. In His humanity, He is offering, sacrifice and gift.” (Foundations, p187)
Galataians 2:20 states:
“... the Son of God, who (the Priest) loved me and gave Himself (the Sacrifice) for me.” (Gal 2:20)
As Paul states in his letter to Timothy, “without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16). We may not fully comprehend the depths of this teaching concerning Christ until the day we see Him face to face, but let us thank God that He did not leave us in the hopeless state Job describes.
The humility and overwhelming love of God that compelled Him to come and identify Himself with us in our humanity is almost beyond our ability to understand. Nevertheless, our acceptance of the fact of His perfection and His sacrifice is not apprehended by intellect, but by faith.