Gloriously Seated - Monday April 25, 2011
After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:3 NIV
I am a doer. I like to be busy around our home, and as my husband and kids will testify, it's hard for me to rest until things are done. But when they are done, I sit down and enjoy the satisfaction of the finished task.
I don't doubt that I learned this from the women in my family. My mom, a school teacher and homemaker, worked hard inside and outside the home. And then there was the story about my grandma. As she was bustling around one day serving her family, my grandpa made a lasso out of twine and roped her. Guess that's one way to make your little woman sit down and rest!
The message was pretty clear growing up: work first and then you can play. Honestly, that's not bad advice. We see this example starting at the beginning of the Bible: at the end of a busy six days of creating, God stepped back on the seventh, saw that He was finished, and rested from His work (Genesis 2:2). God is a worker; God is a finisher; and God knows when to rest.
Nothing declares this more loudly, however, than Calvary. The work assignment was costly-paying for the sins of all mankind, and the only qualified job candidate was Jesus, the pure and spotless Son of God. The cross and all that it entailed was a job that he alone could tackle, and he willingly accepted it. And once his work was done? God raised Jesus from the dead, declaring Him Savior, and gloriously seated Him at His right hand, where Jesus sits yet today, triumphant Savior indeed!
Stonebrook Community Church
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