CHRIST AS HIGH PRIEST
CHRIST AS HIGH PRIEST
“He was taken up into heaven and He sat at the right hand of God.” Mark 16:19.
“But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” Luke 22:69. “Exalted to the right hand of God…”. Act 2:33.
“But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55, 56.
“Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:34.
“…which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms…” Ephesians 1:20.
“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.
“After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3.
“Who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to Him.” 1 Peter 3:22.
“But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.” Hebrews 10:12.
Okay, where did Jesus go after rising from the dead? According to all these texts He went into heaven to be by the Father’s side. Now some have argued that He is “sitting” on a throne. That for two thousand years Jesus has “just been sitting” on this throne. That is dumb.
After Jesus rose from the dead, He found the disciples fishing and said to them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” John 21:6. Why the right side? Because that was the side Jesus was standing on. By throwing the net toward Jesus, “they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” Same in our lives. If we will “fish” on the “right” side of Christ, we will be perfectly successful.
The same when Jesus went to the Father, the “sitting down” was a verbal concept of power and authority. Being on the “right side” showed approval and favor. But equally important as the symbolic language, is the actual fact that Jesus is on the “right side” of the Father.