THE MIDDLE MAN (c)2005, 2008
A Short Sketch - by Sue Seaman

Cast: A tall man, a small man and a medium sized man

The three men are standing side by side

I am the tallest

I am the smallest

And I am in between.

I’m in the middle
Neither big nor small
But I am in the best place
And have advantage over all

I look down on Small Man (pointing to him)
And Medium’s short of me

But I look up to both of them
Being shortest of the three

Now, I have advantage over both of them
I can look up
Or I can look down
It all depends on where I stand.
Were I to stand this side of Tall
Then upwards I must gaze
But standing next to Small Man
Means, to me, his eyes must raise
But I am the Middle Man
So I know where I stand.

I really am quite tall
But there is a problem though
When it comes to praying
I have to stoop quite low
And my back will start to ache
And my legs will start to bow.

I also have a problem
When it comes to singing hymns.
I have to stand upon a chair
To see words projected there
Upon the screen fixed to the wall
And see the preacher? Not at all!
To see him from the back row
Is very hard to do
As people stand in front of me
(As people often do.)

Well, as I said before - the Middle man (that’s me)
I have no problems kneeling
When praying or for healing
Looking up or seeing screens
Or seeing preaching from the floor

But I too had a problem
One too hard for me
So God did send His only Son
To die upon the tree
Jesus came and took my place
Took all my sin, all my disgrace
He bore it in Himself
And delivered me from sin
For Jesus stands in the place
Where only Jesus can
He stands right in the middle as
Mediator ‘tween God and Man

God has shown His love for us to be so great that He allowed His only Son, Jesus, to take our punishment and provided Jesus to 'stand in the gap' between Him and all mankind:

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
(1 Timothy 2:5)

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation* for our sins.

(1 John 4:9,10)

*appeasement or satisfaction. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross satisfied the demands of God's holiness for the punishment of sin.