Jake Walker | Category: Theology for Life
Where is Christ right now? What is he doing? In my experience, these questions about Jesus seem to receive little attention when compared to discussions about his life, death, and resurrection. Theologians use the term Christ’s session to explain what Jesus is currently doing. In his famous Pentecost sermon, Peter talks about where Jesus went after he ascended into heaven, “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing" (ESV). After Jesus ascended into heaven, he sat down at the right hand of the Father to signify the completion of his work of salvation.
What is Jesus currently doing at the right hand of the Father? Ephesians 1:20-22 answers this question, “He (the Father) worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come." (ESV). Paul writes that the Father has given Christ complete and sovereign authority over the entire universe.
Christ is not only reigning over the universe, but he is a sympathetic high priest who brings our prayers to the Father. Hebrews 4:14-16 says, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (ESV). As Christians, we have a direct communication line to the Father through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
How comforting is it for you to know that Christ is on the throne? No matter what you may be going through at this time our Lord is sovereign and ruling on an eternal throne. Not only is Christ ruling, but he is also a sympathetic high priest who has encountered temptation just as we do. This should be a great motivation to pray because we are praying to Christ who is both sovereign and gracious beyond our comprehension. What a great God we have seated on the throne!
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