Sometimes the wonder of Jesus gets lost in repetition. I have heard His story so many times that I tune out and fail to really ponder how wonderful these things really are. In December, I revisited His humbling incarnation, His crushing crucifixion, His miraculous resurrection, and His powerful ascension. The depth of Jesus’ love for me touched my heart. It empowered me to worship Him in new ways.
Only there was one last topic which I didn’t know how to address: Jesus seated at God’s right hand.
I wrote out all the verses, like I had for the first four, but I just couldn’t process it all. It was just too powerful for my puny mind to grasp. So as the 21-Day Group Fast arrived, I wrote about what God was showing me about prayer instead. Now that the fast is over, it’s time to revisit the power of a seated Jesus.
When Jesus ascended into heaven after His resurrection, He sent the Holy Spirit to live within believers. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God the Father. Contrary to what it seems at first glance, this is no passive sitting. From this seat of power, Jesus constantly works on our behalf.
But what IS God’s right hand? We don’t use those terms today, so it can be hard for our modern minds to grasp the imagery. To understand the significance of our Savior being seated at God’s right hand, I compiled another list of Bible verses…
God’s right hand:
- shatters the enemy (Exodus 15:6)
- gives refuge from our adversaries (Psalm 17:7)
- supports us (Psalm 18:35)
- upholds us (Psalm 63:8, Isaiah 41:10)
- works our salvation (Psalm 98:1)
- laid the earth’s foundation and spread out the heavens (Isaiah 48:13)
- holds the angels of the seven churches (Revelation 1:20)
Jesus’ position at God’s right hand means that all angels, authorities, and powers are subject to Jesus (1 Peter 3:22). Don’t let these profound truths lose their power because of their familiarity. Take a moment to grasp what this really means!
We are not destined to be slaves to our enemies. Satan has no hold on us. The strongholds of sin are powerless before the seated Christ! Jesus, who resides at the source of immeasurable power, intercedes for us (Romans 8:34). We do not have to surrender to the enemy. We can live as children of a risen, powerful King!
When we are swarmed by the enemy, we run to Jesus who shatters the lies and tricks of the deceiver.
When we are attacked physically, spiritually, or emotionally, we find refuge in God’s right hand.
When we are weak, Jesus supports and holds us.
When we are lost in our sins, Jesus works for our salvation.
When we feel alone, we remember that we have access to the Creator of the universe.
When we despair at the church’s powerless, sinful condition, we remember that God holds the angels of the church in His powerful right hand.
Oh Father, You must weep when we let our sinful strongholds keep us tied down. We wallow in the misery of our chains, not realizing that we can be free if we would only call upon You. Please forgive us for our lack of faith.
Jesus Himself intercedes for us before Your throne. The angels of Your church reside in Your right hand. Your church no longer needs to limp along with ineffective, half-hearted attempts to reach the lost. It has every right to rise up like an army empowered by the Holy Spirit. Let the Lion of Judah roar over His enemies. Cause Your people to rise up to the life You have destined them to live. Call them by name. Invite them into Your presence to experience the immeasurable riches You have for Your church. In Jesus’ Name, let Your Kingdom come to earth and let Your will be done here as it is in heaven! Remind us that we are no longer slaves.