After a long day at work, the first thing I want to do when I get home is to sit down. I want to be able to rest after my long bout with the world and its worries. Of course, I don’t get to sit down for long, since there are always more things that need to be done. (I have to write a blog of course.) But there are few things that compare to being able to rest after your work is finished. I can imagine that something like what the Son of God felt.
You see in our text above, Jesus sat down at the right hand of God after He had finished the work of saving us all from sin. He had expended great effort in shedding His blood upon the cross and rising from the grave. I would guess that the power expended on those two acts rivaled the power expended at creation.For this God who knew no sin suffered and bore the sins of the world. This God who is Life Eternal died. As someone once said, “I usually do two impossible things before breakfast.” God certainly did. In Him were these two great ironies. He who is the Judge suffered the penalty for sin. He who is Lord served all. “God proved His own love toward us in this, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
So when you see Christ sitting down at the right hand of God, you see a Christ who has finished His work. There is no more work that needs to be done in the saving of the world. His plan is complete.
“And he did not enter to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice. And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”
So the next time you see Him, it will be to welcome you home. That’s when your work will truly be done. And you too will be able to rest in his presence. That’s why the rest of this verse stresses our service and obligation to Him for our salvation. We must keep our eyes on Him, our only hope in this world, as our sure beginning and finisher of the faith to which we have applied ourselves, and in which we are saved.
Christian, we owe today and every day to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Every minute is His. Don’t forget today who you Master is, for He has given everything for you. Mind what you have given Him today.
Lord Jesus, both author and perfecter of my faith, lead me today in Your service, showing me what you would have me do to follow You. Every minute I possess is Yours. Nothing I have do I own of myself, but I am steward of all You have given me. Show me today what I can do to further and advance Your Kingdom. In Your Name I pray, Amen.