Hope for Sinners in a Seated Savior
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. – Hebrews 1:1-4
Check out last Sunday’s sermon here.
“Oh no! Daddy, where did Jesus go?”
My daughter asks with concern. She is perplexed, staring at the pages in her story Bible which depict Christ’s ascension to heaven. Looking back at her from the page is a group of cartoon disciples, standing, gaping, looking upward. My daughter is sharing their expression.
“He went up to heaven, honey,” I reply.
“Why?” My daughter is not satisfied.
She is not aware of the great, glorious, hope-filled implications of the answer to her question.
Last Sunday, Pastor Mike returned to Hebrews 1:1-4 to share two implications of Christ’s accomplished work on the cross which resulted in His return to Heaven and His sitting down in glory.
After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high… – Hebrews 1:3b
These implications below explain Christ’s ascension.
Question: Why did Jesus return to Heaven to sit down at the right hand of the Majesty on high?
Answer #1: Because Jesus Finished the Work.
The work Jesus did on the cross was the completion of God’s ultimate plan to reunite Himself with man. The author of Hebrews calls this the act of Jesus making purification for sins. It is sin that singularly separates me from God, and it is Jesus who singularly provides payment for my sin. Jesus has done what no human in the history of the world could accomplish. He both paid for my sin and defeated the consequence of my sin with His body (1 Peter 2:24).
There is no other work now to be done. How do we know this? Because Jesus returned from whence He came, and He sat down. He finished the work!
Right now anyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:31).
Ponder this: Will I rest in the work of Christ, that He has done what I cannot?
Answer #2: Because Jesus is Exalted, Reigning Over All.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. – Matthew 28:18
Jesus sat down in glory to show His authority. This is the great confirmation for all the world that the One who took our sin is the glory of God Himself, reigning and ruling over all things and every person. “The greatest rebel and the most ardent worshiper of Jesus are equally under the authority of Christ.”*
So, I should worship Him. He is the glorious and exalted God whom all will bow before. I can also trust Him. What He has said is good as gold and rock-solid reliable. He made purification for my sins. His exalted state ensures my future hope.
Right now God is seeking worshippers who will see Christ for who He truly is and respond in worship (John 4:23).
Ponder this: Will I worship Jesus today, as He is worthy of all praise?
*Quote shared from Pastor Mike in a sermon preached on April 17, 2022.