Reading: “In the hand of a mediator.”—Galatians 3:19

The hand of a mediator was the great blessing every enlightened son of Adam looked for in every approach to God. Hence the first transgressor, for the want of a mediator, hid himself from the presence of God, among the trees of the garden. Israel, also cried out to Moses, “Go thou near, and hear all that the Lord our God shall say; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” And Job longed for a “daysman,” that is, a mediator that might lay his hand upon both parties. See then, the privileges Christian; for you have a mediator, and a glorious one indeed, in whose almighty hand all your concerns are eternally secured. “Ye are come,” says the apostle; he doth not say, you are coming; but, you are come, “to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant.”

Put all affairs into this glorious mediator’s hand. Remember, he wears your nature, pleads your cause, takes up all your concerns, and ever lives to make intercession for sinners; and therefore, cast all your care upon him, for he cares for you. And look to this one grand thing—that all your confidence, and all your joy, rises wholly from Jesus’ person and righteousness; not from any supposed graces, tears, repentance, nor even from faith itself.

Cut aside, as filthy rags, all that is your own; and never, no not for a moment, look at any thing as a procuring cause; but let Jesus have all your confidence, all the glory, and you will have all the comfort. Though Satan accuse, though conscience pleads guilty, God’s broken law pronounces condemnation, and justice demands the penalty, Jesus hath answered all and is on the throne—and you are in the hands of a glorious mediator! 

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.