AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER
by Devin Rose
Be at peace, and heed no nightly noises, for our Lord Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father.
This is the crowning jewel of our Lord’s victory. He takes the place that was his before time began. But something’s different now. He is God and man. St. John Damascene explained that “by ‘the Father’s right hand’ we understand the glory and honor of divinity, where he who exists as Son of God before all ages, indeed as God, of one being with the Father, is seated bodily after he became incarnate and his flesh was glorified.”
Jesus is seated bodily. I cannot comprehend it, so I simply believe it. He as the firstborn has gone ahead of us to show us where we will be. Our Lord promised us as much when he said: “In my Father’ s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, you also may be” (Jn 14:2-3).
The place he went was to the right hand of the Father, to his Father and our Father. They share a throne in Heaven, as the Apostle John tells us later in Revelation 22: “And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Rev. 22:1). As a fascinating note, consider that the river described is flowing from the single throne “of God and of the Lamb.” The river represents the Holy Spirit and these verses paint an image of his procession from the Father and the Son.
After the Ascension and just before his martyrdom, St. Stephen was given a vision showing Christ seated at the right hand of the Father. This was the unendurable sign for the Jewish authorities who had rejected Jesus. They flew into a rage and stoned him to death for claiming such a thing. Yet he saw it truly. Saul looked on impassively, not realizing that only a short time later this same Jesus who Stephen witnessed to would reach down from his throne to touch his own heart and set him on the path to martyrdom as well.
With great longing I look forward to being there in the New Jerusalem, gazing upon our Savior. A roar goes up like no one has ever heard or imagined. The Kingdom has come and is consummated. Every tear is wiped dry. We are together with each other and with our Lord, and nothing can ever separate us from him. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
What are your thoughts? What else can we learn from “and is seated at the right hand of the Father”?
Devin Rose is a Catholic writer and lay apologist. He blogs at St. Joseph’s Vanguard and has released his first book titled “If Protestantism Is True.” He has written articles for Catholic News Agency, Fathers for Good, Called to Communion, and has appeared on EWTN discussing Catholic-Protestant topics.
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