Sitting and Waiting

But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool” (Hebrews 10:12-13).

Most people do not relish the thought of sitting and waiting for long periods of time. Thankfully, Jesus is not like “most people”.

Unlike the Old Testament priests whose work in the earthly sanctuary necessitated that they stand continuously (Hebrews 10:11), Jesus’ atoning sacrifice was so supremely sufficient, He sat down in the presence of God. His priesthood requires no treadmill of endless animal sacrifices (see yesterday’s post).

Though sitting, He remains quite active in the work of reconciliation which His atoning sacrifice makes possible. He sits at God’s right hand and serves as our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14) and mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). His name provides every Christian with the security clearance and freedom of speech to address the great I am that I am in His throne room.

Though He knew not the day or hour while on this earth (Mark 13:32), His Father’s promise to make His enemies His footstool (Psalm 110:1) was believed. So now, He is sitting and waiting until the sure word of the Lord is fulfilled in human history—when the devil and every single one of his allies is judged according to their deeds and cast into Gehenna, the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:10-15).

Not a bad thought for you to ponder the next time you find yourself sitting and waiting.

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