He sat down.
“A thousand years, a thousand tongues, are not enough to sing his praise.” -Rend Collective
I love the lyrics above - they remind me that Jesus deserves millenniums worth of praise. He deserves to be praised by all of his creatures. He deserves eternal glorification because he provided eternal salvation to humanity.
“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”
Jesus has always been. In the beginning, he was the Word who spoke creation into existence. Then the unthinkable happened and the Word became flesh. God descended. Immanuel came to be with us, to rescue us from our sin. Jesus was faithful in every aspect and because of this, he was able to be the perfect sacrifice to pay for our sins. He died and, praise God, he rose again.
Finally, Jesus ascended and he sat down. Jesus was exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, his rightful place. Why did he deserve this highest place? The book of Hebrews says that he was crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death for us. After he cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. He deserved this honor because of his perfect obedience and his sacrifice.
It is good news for us that he sat down! He sat down because he finished the work. There was nothing left to be done. Priests in the temple never sat because their work was never finished. In one fell swoop, with his own perfect sacrifice, Jesus put away sin for eternity. He erased every single sin we have ever committed or will commit. His finished work means that our salvation is eternal. It means that he broke the power of the devil and removed our fear of death. He opened the entrance to the Most Holy Place and made a way for us to boldly enter the presence of God. He cleansed our consciences. We don’t wonder about our standing with God or approach him trembling and shaking for fear we might fall under his wrath. We have forever been made perfect in God’s sight. It means that we have an unshakable kingdom, an imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance. We have hope of an eternal home with our Maker and Savior.
One day all things will be made new and right. We will be with God for eternity. We will join saints and elders, angels and nations and we will cry out, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered - to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” We will spend eternity exploring his greatness and after a thousand years we will see we have only begun to praise him for his unending splendor. We will be grateful for an eternity to praise his wondrous deeds.
Think About: Do I live my life in anticipation of eternity? Do my daily choices reflect my full comprehension of this unfading inheritance?
Pray: Father, help us to worship and glorify Jesus with our lives. Give us strength to worship and glorify him in our deaths. Help us to persevere and be faithful as we wait for the day when our worship of Him will not cease.
- C. Smith
C. Smith became a member of the River in 2006 and very quickly began volunteering in a variety of ministries. A little over three years ago, she moved to Central Asia. These days she enjoys the Central Asian communal aspect of sipping tea while having good, long conversations with friends. You can read more about her adventures at https://lookingforthegreenergrass