"The Theological Topic of Jesus' Session at the Right Hand of the Father: What is Jesus Doing Now?"

Pastor Jeff Struecker

Last week, we left off discussing Jesus and his life on earth. We talked about his perfect life and his death at the hands of the religious leaders. This week, we want to delve into the theological topic of Jesus’ session at the right hand of the Father.

Before we get into that, let’s talk about the religious leaders who sentenced Jesus to death. It’s often the most spiritual people in the room who are the most judgmental and critical. As Christians, we don’t like being around those super judgmental Christians either. These religious leaders wanted the sinless son of God to die.

After Jesus died, he was laid in a tomb. But three days later, he came out of the grave alive by his own power. If he can do that, he can do anything in your life. Forty days later, Jesus gathered his disciples around on a hilltop and said he would return to be with the Father. But he promised not to leave them alone and would send his Holy Spirit. And ten days later, on the day of Pentecost, he sent his Holy Spirit.

Since that day, his Holy Spirit has been in the hearts and lives of Jesus’s people for 2000 years. But what is Jesus doing right now? That’s the question we’ll be answering today. The theological topic is Jesus’ session at the right hand of the Father. Notice that we didn’t say Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. The word “session” automatically implies that it’s not permanent. Even though it’s been ongoing for 2000 years, it’s still not permanent.

In the Bible, Jesus had a theological conversation with the big-brain religious leaders. They were trying to trap Jesus in their religious law and make him discredit himself in public. But Jesus asked them about Psalm 110:1. The Lord says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”

Memory Verse

Jesus was asking these religious leaders if this verse was talking about someone more important than David, who was believed to be the greatest leader in the Old Testament. If David was the first Lord, then who was the second Lord that this was talking to? The most important thing to notice in this verse is the right hand, which was the hand of power and importance. Whoever was sitting on the right side of the king was the second most important person in the kingdom.

Jesus knew this verse was a reference to him. It’s God saying to his son to sit at his right hand until his enemies are made his footstool. So what is Jesus doing right now? He is at the right hand of the Father, waiting for his enemies to be made his footstool.

When Stephen, the first Christian recorded in the Bible, dies, he says to those murdering him, I see the Lord standing at the right hand of the Father, and basically, he’s ready to welcome me into his kingdom. Stephen sees Jesus at the right hand of the Father before he breathes his last breast. So now I got a question for you about this event.

Challenge

If you’ve got a family at the dinner table, everybody knows there’s a seat, which is the most important. And it’s actually not the furniture itself. It’s who typically sits on the furniture. So I just want to ask you, what’s the most important seat in your house? And who sits there? Because in God’s house, the most important seat is at the right hand of the Father. And the Bible makes this abundantly clear. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father. Jesus is sitting in the seat of power and the seat of prominence right next to the Father in eternity. And one day, for all of his people, you’ll get a chance to see Jesus next to the Father and spend eternity with them.