"...upholding all things by the word of His power,
when He had by Himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high..."
Christ is not Atlas bent over with the world on his back.
He is sitting down on His throne spinning the world
like a basketball on his finger!
"Upholding all things by the word of His power."
"He spake, and all things were created;
He speaks, and all things are sustained."
"As having made an atonement for the sin of the world,
which was the most stupendous of all His works.
"'Twas great to speak a world from nought;
'Twas greater to redeem."
Adam Clarke goes on to say, there may be here some reference to the wilderness.
"1. Moses...face shone, so that the Israelites could not behold it. But Jesus
is infinitely greater than Moses, for He is the splendor of God's glory and,
2. Moses found the government of the Israelites such a burden that he altogether
sank under it. His words, Numbers 11:12, are very remarkable:
'Have I conceived all this people? Have I begotten them,
that Thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom--
unto the land which Thou swearest unto their fathers?'
But Christ not only carried all the Israelites, and all mankind
He continues, "The Israelites murmured against Moses and against God,
and provoked the heavy displeasure of the Most High and would have been consumed had not Aaron made an atonement for them...But Jesus not only makes an atonement for Israel,
but for the whole world; not with the blood of bulls and goats, but with His own blood:
hence it is said that He purged our sins by Himself, His own body and life being the victim."
"He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."
"The right hand is the place of the greatest eminence...the highest favourite, sits on his right."
John Wesley reminds us that "the priests stood while they ministered. Sitting therefore denotes the consummation of His sacrifice."
In other words, it echoes Christ's words,
"It is finished."
"It is the cleansing of sin God insists on; in a desire so intense that He gave His Son to die for it...
When He effected the cleansing of sins, He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.
There He lives, opening up and keeping open the blessed access to God's presence and fellowship for us...That Christ as our Leader and Forerunner has rent asunder the veil, and in the power of His blood has taken possession and secured access into the Holiest of All."
"To run and to walk the Law demands,
But gives us neither feet nor hands;
Better news the gospel brings,
It bids us fly and gives us wings!"