Summary: Jesus Christ is at the right hand of God interceeding for us.
THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.
ABIMBOLA O. SALU.
The right hand of God must indeed be a wonderful place to be! When someone is described as being the right hand man of another, it connotes the image of someone who is indispensable, important, reliable, that can be trusted and can deputize for the top man. In some cultures and governments, the most trusted adviser sits at the right hand of the leader. When favors are needed from the leader, an appeal to his right hand man may yield the desired result. The right hand man may be more accessible than the leader and when you have his ear, it is as good as having the ear of the leader himself.
His son, Jesus Christ, occupies the right hand of God. Before he died, Jesus had predicted where he was going and what position he would occupy in his Father’s kingdom. This was at the time when Jesus Christ was brought before Caiaphas the high priest and false witnesses had just accused him. When asked by Caiaphas to respond to these allegations, Jesus Christ said nothing. Caiaphas was very surprised that he said in Mathew 26 verses 63and 64 “I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God”. Jesus saith unto him, “Thou hast said, nevertheless, I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds in heaven”. Also in Luke 22 verse 69, Jesus Christ confirmed this when he said, “Hereafter shall the son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God”.
Many verses in the Bible confirm the place of Jesus at the right hand of God .For example Mark 16 verse 19, records,“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God”. In Acts 2 verse 33, the Bible says “Therefore being at the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear”. Romans 8 verse 34 us”. Colossians 3 verse 1 says,” If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God ”. Not man. ”.Hebrews 10 verse 12 says “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever sat down on the right hand of God”. Hebrews 12 verse 2 says “ looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”. 1st Peter 3 verse 22 says, “Who is gone unto into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject to him”
Stephen, the first Christian martyrs made confirmation of the supremacy and Excellency of Jesus in his place at the right hand of God. In Acts 7 verse 55, the Bible records that “ When they heard all these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And said,’behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God”.
Jesus is not sitting idly at the right hand of God. That is not in his nature. Even when he was here on earth, all his waking moments were either spent praying, preaching, healing or doing good works. In heaven right now, Jesus is busy interceding for us before God the Father. This is confirmed in Romans 8 verse 34, which says, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”. Therefore when we pray in the name of Jesus he hears us and he pleads with God the Father on our behalf. He is in the best position to do this because he has lived on earth as a human being. He has gone through the whole gamut of human emotions. He has experienced pain [he was crucified on the cross at Calvary] and anguish [when his friend Lazarus died] .He knows what lack, loss, affliction, oppression, false accusation and death means .He has met needs before [he fed the multitudes] and he knows what disappointment and betrayal is [denial by Peter, betrayal by Judas]. He was not acknowledged as a great man by his own people- [“a prophet is without honor, save in his own country and in his own house” see Mathew 13 verse 57]. Since he is experienced, he is the best advocate or attorney we can possibly have. He knows exactly how we feel when we call to him for help and with the same feelings and emotions he intercedes for us before our Father in heaven. Hebrews 8 verses 1-2 says “ Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man.” Jesus Christ is therefore fulfilling his role as a high priest. This line of priesthood started with Aaron and the Levites.