Fresh Hope – 8th October 2018

The story is told of boy who was continually being told off by his father.

Every time he was asked to run an errand for his Mom, his Dad would rant on about where and when he should go.

One day he was asked by his Mom to go to the corner shop to buy some vegetables. On the way he met his dad, who told him that the corner shop was too expensive and that he should go straight to the market, more than a mile away, and cut out the ‘middle man’.

Cutting out the middle man became one of his Dad’s pet sayings, as he continually directed his son to shop at the market to save money.

One day, the father was lying ill at home and demanded his son to call him a local Doctor.

Thirty minutes later, the undertaker turned up.

Dad was furious with his son, and demanded to know how he had got it so wrong.

His son simply replied, “Remember, Dad? Cut out the middle man.”

Cutting out the middle man is something that people in search of God are doing all over the world, yet trying to reach God all by ourselves is never going to happen.

Religion tries to bridge the gap by encouraging us to be good people, helping the poor, saying a prayer and attending a church.

As good as all this is, we can never know and reach God by our own attempts.

We need a middle man – His name is Jesus.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus .

A mediator is someone that has the right to stand on behalf of both parties in order to bring them together.

For that to happen, Jesus would need to be fully God and fully man, and yes, God had it covered from the start.

Matthew 1:23 ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ which means ‘God with us’.

JESUS. He is qualified to hold God’s hand and mine at the same time.

You can call on His name today.

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