That he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places -- Ephesians 1:20 (ESV)
The Apostle's Creed states, "he ascended to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty." That statement "and is seated" is vital to the Christian life.
It may seem insignificant and small, but it is a massive deal with lots of implications. What does it mean that Jesus is seated in Heaven? He is seated as the king of glory. He is seated in the place of rule and reign. Christ is enthroned in Heaven.
Our passage today reminds us that Jesus was raised from the dead, and after he ascended to Heaven, he was seated at the right hand of God the Father in the Heavens. Jesus is exalted in the place of highest honor as the victorious conqueror of Satan, sin, and death. The Prince of Heaven returns to Heaven as the King of glory.
What is Jesus doing while seated? Many things.
- Christ is ruling over the universe
- Christ is interceding on behalf of his church
- Christ is grounding our assurance of salvation
- Christ is awaiting the gathering of all his flock
- Christ is directing the affairs of the world toward their appointed end
Each of these points could be expounded upon, and more could be added. The point is to see that:
Jesus' enthronement is active.
He is busy. Jesus didn't go on
vacation after his ascension.
He is at work as king, ruling in the place
of authority, seated as Lord.
Bow the knee to the King today.
Reflection & Journal:
- Do you think the majority of people in the world see Jesus as King over the universe? Why or why not? What about the church? How do you believe most people envision Jesus?
- What kind of comforts and assurances should Jesus' enthronement produce in us?
- What are some issues in your life today that you need to take to Jesus, especially in light of his position as King and Lord?
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