He’s sitting down

It is a regular temptation to overvalue certain possessions.  When we drive a new vehicle off the car lot, we forget that within a few years, we will certainly be driving it back onto that lot with a certain measure of discontentment, seeking a new and better source of transportation.  Similarly, we are prone to overestimating the significance of certain relationships, and jobs, and civic opportunities, and our hopes for the future.

But there is one possession the believer in Christ has that can never be overestimated.  He cannot overvalue the worth of Christ, His Savior.

In Hebrews 7, the writer offers many reasons for the supremacy of Christ over every earthly high priest.  And he offers a conclusion to that discussion in Hebrews 8:1 — “Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.”  The point of that lengthy discussion in chapter 7 was to reveal the greatness of a seated Savior.

Now you might wonder, “what’s so significant about the fact that Jesus is seated?”  There are several implications of this statement.  First, it denotes the completion of the task.  No priest could ever sit permanently, for there were always more sacrifices to be offered.  More sin necessitated more sacrifices, so the priest always had work to do.  Yet, because of the infinitely superior work of Christ, His task as priest is complete (cf. Jn. 19:30).  Because He has satisfied the wrath of God, no further sacrifice would ever have to be made.

Further, that Christ is seated at the right hand of God means that He possesses the position of honor and power.  No one can command more authority than Christ (though seated to the right of the Father also denotes that He is subservient to the authority of the Father in the triunity of the godhead).

Additionally, that He is seated at the throne of God means that He is ruling as sovereign Lord.  He is supreme over all things and He is victor over all claimants to His throne (cf. Heb. 2:14).  He is the sacrificed lamb and the serving priest; and He is the sovereign King.  When He came to earth He had temporarily laid aside all the rights and privileges that were due Him as King (Phil. 2:5-8), and now He has again taken up this mantle of authority and sovereignty.

This is our Master.  He is sitting down.  He’s done all that needs to be done to fulfill the role given to Him by the Father.  He’s done all that needs to be done to secure our redemption.

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