Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 3.
“...to the end that being holy, harmless, undefiled,…“
In His humanity, while united with His divine nature, Jesus was sanctified and anointed by the Holy Spirit. All fullness dwells in Him, to the pleasure of His Father. With such exultations by the members of the Trinity, it is no surprise that Jesus is holy, harmless, and undefiled. But what does it mean for Him to be so?
Jesus is holy: Jesus, in both His human and divine nature, has no sin in Him whatsoever. We have seen in previous days how He was set apart by His miraculous conception, so that His human nature was no corrupted. Throughout His life, Jesus never had an impure thought or acted sinfully. Every moment of His life, whether alone or in the midst of a crowd, conformed to God’s law. “… I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” (John 8:29) There was no deviation. He is perfect.
Jesus is harmless: Jesus never injured anyone. As the Great Physician, His main mission was and is to heal sinners. A deceitful word never fell from His lips. His tenderness is unsurpassed, as He “gently leads those that nurse their young” (Isaiah 40:11) and “a bruised reed He will not break.” (Isaiah 42:3)
Jesus is undefiled: Our sin does not taint Him. “This man receives sinners and eats with them”, but He does not succumb to their ways. No one has any evil influence upon Him, and He never was an accomplice to anyone’s sin. He has total immunity from our transgression.
These traits of Jesus are wonderful in themselves. But they serve a larger purpose in Him: they are qualifications enabling Him to be the mediator between God and man. All of Him serves the purpose of saving sinners. And He is all we need.
Questions to Consider
- Could anyone other than Jesus have saved sinners?