Friday, May 26, 2017
"and has sat down at the right hand
of the throne of God."
If you are in a memory verse competition, the first one you pull out is
The second one you might quote is another shortie,
"It is finished."
Just as the hammer putting the nail into his hand reverberated with the blow all the way up the Roman soldier's arm, so too this little verse is still vibrating into our hearts today. If it truly was finished, the work Jesus came to do in obedience to His Father--taking on the flesh, dying on the cross, rising from the dead, ascending into heaven while leaving the Holy Spirit to abide--then it means He "has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." It truly is finished so that now when we look to Jesus, we look past the cross to the Conqueror who has come into His kingdom and sat down by His Father.
Let the banquet begin! We have been invited. They are not going to party all night, they are going to party through all ages into eternity! As we look to Jesus, we find He is looking at us. He sees us just as He has always kept His eye on us, more the small sparrow.
Here is a view that George MacDonald, the Scotsman author wrote in the last century about looking to Him...
"We must spread out our arms to Him
as a child does to his mother when he wants her to take him;
then when He sets us down, saying,
'Go and do this or that,'
we must make all the haste
in us to go and do it.
And when we get hungry to see Him,
we must look at His picture.
Jesus is the divine picture of God.
Read about Him in the book.
The nearest likeness you can see of Him,
is drawn by yourself while doing what He tells you.
He has promised to come into those who keep His word.
He will be much nearer to them than in bodily presence;
and such will be able to draw for themselves the likeness of God.
But first of all, and before everything else...
So then, if we are used to spreading out our arms to Him as a child, when we enter the kingdom of heaven like a child ("Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."--Matthew 18:3), we will be ready, be hungry to look to Jesus. We will recognize His face from His likeness we have already drawn by obedience. In that moment, we will no longer be a child, but His blushing bride looking to Him. We too can sit down at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
John Wesley says, "'and is set down'--
Where there is fullness of joy."
According to Adam Clarke, it cannot be said that "He endured the cross, &c., in the prospect of gaining an everlasting glory; when He had the fullness of that glory with the Father before the world began; 'Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.'" (John 17:5)
Adam Clarke continues, "He is set down at the right hand of God, ever appearing in the presence of God for us, and continuing His exhibition of Himself as our Sacrifice, and His intercession as our Mediator." He is thinking of us, waiting for us, preparing for His bride.
at 8:44 AM