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Hebrews 1 tells us that after making purification for sins, Jesus “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs” (3-4).  It’s striking imagery if you think about it.  Picture an attorney making his closing arguments to the jury, and then after a crescendo of rhetoric he says, “I rest my case” and sits back down next to his notes.  Or think of a mom who has had no time for herself all day.  She’s made meals, cleaned the house, changed diapers, folded clothes, helped with homework, played in the backyard, raced to the grocery store, and now finally has the kids snoozing in their beds.  She walks wearily down the stairs and for the first time since she woke up 14 hours ago, she sits down.  Sitting down, in both examples, is more than an act of rest.  It is representative of completion.  All that was needful has been accomplished.

That’s why it’s thrilling to think that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God.  His work is finished.  He accomplished all that was needful for our salvation.  And having shown himself to be the victor over sin, death, and the devil, it is given to him to sit, not in any old place, but at the place of honor and exaltation at God’s right hand.  All things have been placed under his feet (Eph. 1:20-22).  All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him (Matt. 28:18).

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10 thoughts on “Sitting Is Good News”

  1. yesenia beckman says:

    As a mother of 4 I could totally relate to your analogy, yet that biblical truth is far greater. Thank you, it stirred up excitement in me!

  2. Steve says:

    Isnt it just as significant imagery that he sat down on a throne, to rule?
    Especially when combined with the related sending of the HS and the prophesy that when he sat down the father would stretch out his scepter from Zion so he could rule amidst his enemies?
    Powerful stuff.

  3. Lance Burk says:

    It is also thrilling to see Jesus standing for us as we come into his presence, as Stephen did as he was being stoned(Acts 7:55-56). He is seated because he finished completed all righteousness to the glory of God for us, but he will stand when we meet him to proclaim we are his; “Father, this one you gave to me!”

  4. Bob in IN says:

    Great insight. Seemingly small stuff like this is what opened my eyes to the Truth 14 years ago. And it still means a lot.

  5. Isn’t the imagery there from Daniel 7:13, when the Son of Man is enthroned to reign over God’s kingdom forever? I don’t think the idea is about about leisure. It’s that Christ is being honored as the reigning king over all creation.

  6. Lois Westerlund says:

    Thank you for this. It is the seat of authority, like the Supreme Court. “The court is in session”–the court “is seated.” WE have multiple cultural images, including the Pope, seated in his chair. Presidential candidates stand, the President sits as he talks to the nation. How blessed is the declaration of our Savior, on the cross, “It is finished.” He is seated, as the Victor. “The strife is o’er, the battle won.” And we, in Him, have entered into that rest and ceased from our own works. (Heb. 4) We rest in his victory. In the authority of the risen Lord, we go forth to join Him in the battle, FROM the victory He won!

  7. Joe Roy says:

    Thanks for the visual pictures. It is such a relief to know and understand that the work of Christ was finished once and for all at the cross. So many Pastors today speak about getting saved and then…do this and this and this so that God will be pleased with and bless you. I prefer knowing that god is pleased with me because He is pleased with the sacrifice of Jesus and His righteousness covering me for eternity! Thank you!

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Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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