Seated in Heavenly Places
Day: 24 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews
Today's Reading: Hebrews 8
Hebrews 8:1 (NIV) “Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.”
Jesus is our great High Priest, who has gone through the heavens and sat down. (Hebrews 4:14; Mark 16:19)
The fact that Jesus is seated indicates His work has been accomplished. There were no chairs in the earthly tabernacle because the priest’s work was never done. The blood of bulls and goats could never take away sin. It only covered sin until Jesus came.
On the cross, Jesus, the one who is holy, blameless and pure, gave Himself to purge our sin and provide us with complete cleansing and forgiveness. What He did on the cross was perfect. It was the ultimate and final sacrifice. Then He entered heaven and appeared in God’s very presence with His own blood on our behalf. (Hebrews 9:24-26; Leviticus 16:15-16)
His sacrifice was and is the final solution to sin. (John 19:30) It took care of sins forever, something the steady stream of Old Testament sacrifices could never do. (Hebrews 10:11-12)
The fact that He is seated is also symbolic of the posture of a king whose army had been victorious in battle. He is not standing, or pacing or worrying. He has presented the perfect sacrifice for sin on our behalf, and He has obtained the complete victory over sin and death. He is our undefeated, conquering King!
He’s not just seated anywhere. He is seated “… at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 8:1). A seat of honor. A seat of power and authority. And God has placed all things under His feet. (Ephesians 1:20-22)
When God raised Jesus from the dead, He seated Him in the highest position possible. His throne is established in heaven where He reigns and rules over all. (Psalms 103:19) He’s in charge and upholds all things by His powerful Word! (Hebrews 1:3)
Jesus, our merciful and faithful High Priest, is enthroned and exalted in heaven. That means we can sit down. We don’t have to keep striving or worrying. We don’t have to be bound by fear. When we ponder His power and position, it will bring us comfort, cleansing, strength and peace. (Psalms 29:10-11)
There is no sin His blood can’t cleanse. There is no problem or pain or circumstance that He does not have authority over. He is our Priest and King. And He invites us to approach His throne of grace boldly so we can receive mercy and help in our times of need. (Hebrews 4:16) It is as if He is saying, “Come, sit by Me!”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, there is no one like You! You are forever our Great High Priest and our Matchless King. Your blood has the power to cleanse our hearts completely from sin. As I sit here in Your presence, I’m encouraged and strengthened simply by remembering You are in charge! You are exalted! You have authority over all things, including all that concerns me. Help me as I go through this day to humbly submit to You, to sit still in Your presence and to receive Your mercy, Your grace and Your help. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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