Sitting at the Right Hand
Mary and I with some friends were at the first Southern Bible Institute “Celebration Concert” on our Oak Cliff campus. From 7:00 to 9:45, Kirisma Evans of Fort Worth and Gaye Arbuckle of Dallas had us on our feet proclaiming Jesus’ power to forgive and reign. The high point for me, however, was when Ethan Kent of Arlington, a new artist, pounded out his hit song “My Hope Is In Glory.” As he moved to the climax, my brothers and sisters in the audience took over as they caught the message and chanted, “This world is not my home! This world is not my home! I’m just a passin through. Just a passin through.” How could they be so confident about heaven?
A thousand years before Jesus King David prophesied that the LORD would install a king, a king greater than Israel’s greatest ruler. We know this because of how David addressed this future king.
David speaking, “The LORD said to my Lord; Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” Psalm 110:1
Whoever this king is, he is greater than David and then Yahweh Himself declares that in the end all this King’s enemies would be defeated at his feet.
Psalm 110 is in Book Five of Israel’s hymn book (Psalm 107-150). The setting for these Psalms is after the Babylonian Exile. God’s people have returned and rebuilt the Temple, but they’re still under the authority of the Persian Empire. There’s no “David” in authority to give them victory over their enemies. In God’s redemptive story this lack of a king leads us to the first century and Matthew’s Gospel. He begins with the fact that Jesus is the Son of Abraham, the Son of David, the Messiah. He closes his Gospel letting us listen as the resurrected Christ declares that He has been given all authority. We are to go and make obedient followers of Jesus in every people group on earth. Why? Because Jesus is in the power position at God’s right hand. He’s the One who can fulfill our hope of glory. In Him this world is not our home.
LORD, I’m tempted daily to make this world my comfortable home. Protect me from this lie. Help me to stay close with those who are struggling with home-going illnesses and other issues that prove how fragile this present life is. Thank you that Your position at Your Father’s right hand now proves that death and evil will not win the fight in the end.
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