“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world (1 John 2:1).”

If you are a believing, trusting, joyful Christian, never let anyone rob you of this assurance and consolation. Allow no one to edit or change this basic truth—trying to make it more acceptable to philosophy or literature or art or religion. Let this wonderful truth stand tall in its beauty and effectiveness. Christ died, and in the giving of His life, He died vicariously!

In Christ’s atoning death the holiness and justice of God have been satisfied. God no longer holds anything against us, for we have come to Him in faith. We have pleaded as our merit only the vicarious, efficacious death of our Savior and Lord. And as we have believed, we have found the power of death broken.

The writer of the letter to the Hebrews assures us that Jesus has become the mediator—the executor—of the new covenant, the new testament in God’s grace and mercy. The word mediator comes from the verb “to mediate.” A mediator is one who stands between two parties or two factions needing to be reconciled.