Jesus makes several extremely important statements in this passage. When asked if He is the Son of God He replies, “You are right in saying that I am.” We have looked before at the need to examine the claims Jesus makes about Himself from the Old Testament. Now, Jesus tells them what His future will look like:
“But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
So what does it mean that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God?
In Romans 8:34 it states, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
Jesus is now very much alive and active. He is interceding before God for US. I don’t know about you, but for me that is just MIND BLOWING!
I have had many times in my life where I felt unprotected, alone, exposed.
But before the throne of God we have a ADVOCATE on our side.
1 John 2:1 states, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” In Greek the word is Paracletos, one called alongside to help; or intercessor. “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”~ Hebrews 7:25
Right now Jesus Christ is interceding before God for YOU. You are never defenseless or alone.
Jesus can intercede on our behalf because:
- He was tempted by Satan but did not sin (Matthew 4:10)
- He can sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrew 4:15)
- He came to do the will of the Father (John 6:38-40)
- Christ’s sacrifical death made it possible for His righteousness to be given to us (2 Corithians 5:21)
- Unlike the priests of the Old Testament, who had to continually offer sacrifices, Christ’s work of redemption is finished (John 19:30, Hebrews 10:12)
Only one sacrifice was necessary, because the sacrifice that Jesus offered was his own perfect blood and it perfected the recipients for all time. He did not and does not need to do anything else to secure our redemption, so he sat down….because of Jesus’ one sacrifice we have been perfected for all time. “But don’t I still sin, and don’t I need to change?” Yes! But in God’s sight, because of Jesus’ one sacrifice, you are ‘complete’—not lacking anything. In terms of your relationship with him you are perfect. There is nothing more that needs to be done to reconcile you to God. Nothing more that needs to be done to pay for your sin. Nothing more that needs to be done to deal with his wrath. As Christians we need to continually remind ourselves of the cross, but we also need to remind ourselves of Jesus sitting at the right hand of God, because that reminds us that his death on the cross was effective and that we are now perfect in God’s sight.”- Peter Orr, The Briefing
You are complete BECAUSE of Christ.
You are loved BY Christ.
You are defended THROUGH Christ.
You are raised up WITH Christ.
You are seated in heavenly places IN Christ.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. ~ Ephesians 2:4-7