I love it when I learn something new. I’m 55 years old and still learning everyday (sometimes the hard way — ha!).
In Colossians 3:1 (and several other places in the Bible, Jesus is described or portrayed as “seated at the right hand of God”. I’ve always viewed the “right hand of God” as the place of honor, a highly esteemed place, a position of authority.
But this morning in my reading, I learned that Bible scholars also view the word “seated” as a metaphor for work being completed or finished. One is seated when the work is complete. Hebrews 1:3 helps explain:
After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
After He finished the work. After the Cross. After His sacrifice for sins. After He reconciled the world to Himself. It’s a picture of Christ’s work being completed once and for all. It’s a tremendous reminder that all my striving and struggling to be righteous is in vain; the work has been done. I can rest.
For me, this fills me with gratitude and compels me to live my life for the One who gave His all for me. It makes me worship Him.
I can rest because He is seated.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)
Our only work is to spread the Good News of our Savior. We will be seated by our Father when our work is done … when we are called Home.