Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Seated on the Throne

Luke 22:69 But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God."

69 ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν δὲ ἔσται ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καθήμενος ἐκ δεξιῶν τῆς δυνάμεως τοῦ θεοῦ.

This was what Jesus said to the council who held His illegal trial. He had just explained that even if He confessed Himself as the Christ they would not believe it. After this verse He says the same thing about being the son of God. But this is sandwiched in the middle.

What does this mean? I take it to mean that after His life, death, burial, and resurrection He is now seated on the throne in heaven. This means that Christ is indeed the king as we speak. However, as He repeatedly told us throughout the gospels, His kingdom is not of this world yet. Rather, He reigns over a spiritual kingdom.

The good news is that He will come back one day and make all things new. We will get to live forever with Him in a restored earth. It will be recovered back to its pre-Fall glory. Having this hope makes life livable. And, as Jesus showed us here, it also makes death something we can approach with confidence.

It doesn't take much looking to find folks who are terrified of death. You have your Jack LaLanne folks who figure that they can live much longer if they avoid all sugars and exercise regularly. That is true, but death is still going to catch up. They can ride, but they can't hide. Anyone who knows me knows that I am all for fitness and healthy eating. However, we need to be realistic in that the death rate is still 100%.

I bring this up because I look at this passage and I see how Jesus faced death. In Gethsemane He agonized over what was coming. After accepting it He was pretty bold when mocked, beaten, and tried. He realized that He was going to suffer greatly, but He also had a clear vision of what awaited Him on the other side of death.

We have the hope of living forever with Him. How does that change the way you approach your life?

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