It is time for those who are spiritual among us to sit down, but not just anywhere. I want you to find your throne, take your place on it, and get to work, reigning in life as scripture says. Numerous times the phrase ‘Jesus sat down’ appears in the Bible. The significance of what is meant by these simple three words is monumental for every believer. Let’s have a look at what the book of Hebrews has to say about this expression. ~ “Now [this is] the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens” (Hebrews 8.1).
The Completed Work
So, what does it mean when it says that ‘Jesus sat down’? Let’s have a look at another example in the book of Colossians. ~ “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3.1). When scripture indicates that Christ is ‘sitting,’ it is referring to the fact that everything is done. Christ, who is the Servant of the Lord, has completed all of the work of His earthly mission of redemption and therefore has sat down at the right hand of God. In John 17.4, Jesus said ~ “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17.4).
“It Is Finished!”
As He hung on the cross, Jesus said, “It is Finished!” (John19.30) meaning all of His earthly work had been completed successfully. The work of Christ’s redemption was not finished until He was ~ “…seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens” (Hebrews 8.1). After His work on the cross was completed, the King of Kings went to work in Hades, where He satisfied every legal claim of the Supreme Court of the Universe, every demand possible that could be raised against mankind. Luke writes about this in the book of Acts, saying ~ “He, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption” (Acts 2.31).
The Most Holy Place
Having completed three days and three nights in the dark regions and having overcome every demon in hell, He then rose from the dead, and on His way to the throne He met Mary Magdalena and said to her ~ “Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and [to] My God and your God”’” (John 20.17). After completing His work in the dark recesses of Hades, Messiah ascended to ‘the Most Holy Place,’ not that which was made with hands—no, He ascended into the true Most Holy Place, which is in heaven. ~ “But Christ came [as] High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9.11-12).
The Work of the Throne
And after He presented His own sinless holy blood for your sins ~ “This Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10.12). As He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High having received all authority in heaven, on earth and under the earth; He made you to sit with Him on a throne1 at His right hand to reign and govern with Him for the rest of eternity. ~ “Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in the heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2.5,6).
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
1. Revelation 20.4
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