Why Jesus Sits
Did you ever wonder why Jesus sits at the right hand of God?
The writer to the Hebrews refers to the Day of Atonement when he spoke of "a remembrance again made of sins every year" (Hebrews 10:3). That was the greatest day in the year to a godly Hebrew. It was a time to mourn sin and put it away — for the whole nation of Israel.
But God did not want the sacrifices and offerings of a people whose hearts were far from Him. They had sinned and had "come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). A spotless Lamb was required to be the perfect and only sacrifice.
The Levitical priests were never done with their ministry, and, interestingly enough, there was no chair in the tabernacle. In fact, priests were not permitted to sit down and rest, since their work was never complete due to the ongoing and endless sin of the Israelites.
Once a year, on this great Day of Atonement, the high priest dared to enter into the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt in the pillar of cloud and fire. No other priest was permitted to enter, lest he die. And he dared not enter without blood, which he sprinkled on and before the mercy seat as a symbolic representation of what was required to remove sin.
All this was a type and shadow of Christ.
When Jesus died on Calvary, saying, "It is finished," (John 19:30), He triumphantly proclaimed a finished redemption. He became the great and last sacrifice; no longer was there a need for the shedding of blood, no more killing of goats and calves and lambs and turtledoves and young pigeons. Christ was our substitute, and we acknowledge this when we repent with a broken heart and contrite spirit and permit Him to wash away our sin. It is by His grace and mercy that we find salvation (see Alma 34:9-16).
In all this, the Holy Ghost signified that "the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing" (Hebrews 9:8). But when Christ died, "the veil of the temple was rent in twain." "The way into the holiest" was forever opened. We can now go directly to Him!
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith . . ." (Hebrews 10:19-22).
"But this man [Jesus], after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God" (Hebrews 10:12). You see, because He was finished, Jesus, our High Priest, was permitted to sit down with His Father. His work was complete, preparing the way for you and me to have eternal salvation through the blood of a perfect and spotless lamb, the Lamb of God!
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