Man has offended God by his sin. God hates sin. He is the eternal enemy of sin. He cannot be reconciled to it: it is the abominable thing which He hates. He cannot look upon it but with abhorrence. How then can God receive, bless or commune with sinful creatures such as us? Only through our Mediator Jesus Who fills this office; He stands between God and us; He honors all the Father’s perfections, and renders us and our service acceptable through His glorious righteousness and precious blood. God can only love us, receive us, commune with us, or bless us, in Jesus. He represents us to God and makes us accepted in the beloved. He represents God to us, and we prove Him gracious. When going to the throne of grace, never forget that Jesus is the Mediator, the middle-man: through Him present your person, your petitions, and your praises to God. You have nothing to fear for Jesus wears your nature; He has a heart that beats unison with yours; He calls you brother, He uses all His influence with the Father on your behalf; all He did and suffered is employed for you: at this moment He pleads your cause.
Oft as guilt, my soul, torments thee,
Turn thine eyes to Jesus’ blood;
This will comfort, cheer, and cleanse thee,
Seal thy peace, and do thee good:
Peace from God flowed full and free-
In your place the Saviour stood.