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On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


At the Right Hand

March 24, 2013

While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “How is it that the teachers of the law say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’” (Mark 12:35,36, NIV)

Jesus had been asked four test questions (11:27 through 12:34). Now it’s His turn to ask one.

He begins with the recognized premise that the Messiah will be a son of David and that his kingdom would last forever (2 Samuel 7:16), and He prefaces the quotation from David in Psalm 110:1 by referring first to the origin of David’s word. It did not come from his own imagination or thinking, but by the Holy Spirit. Clearly Jesus regards the words of David as from divine origin.

Psalm 110:1 is quoted or referred to in the New Testament more than any other verse from the Old Testament (Matthew 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42,43; Acts 2:34,35; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 1:13 and 10:13).

The theme of Jesus being at the right hand of God occurs throughout the New Testament.• The Father will make the decision as to who sits at Jesus’ right hand (Mark 10:37-40).

• Jesus tells the high priest at His arraignment before the Sanhedrin that in the future they would see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of glory (Mark 14:62).
• Jesus was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19).
• Peter declares that Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God, from whence He poured out the promised Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33).
• Peter and the apostles declare to the Sanhedrin that God exalted Jesus to His own right hand as Prince and Savior that He might give repentance and forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:31).
• In his dying declaration, Stephen saw heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55,56).
• Jesus now intercedes for us at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34).
• The Risen Christ is seated at the right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in this present age but also in the one to come (Ephesians 1:20,21).
• We must set our hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1).
• To persecuted believers the writer of Hebrews asserts five times that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God (Hebrews 1:3,13; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2).
• Peter declares that Jesus has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand — with angels, authorities and powers in submission to Him (1 Peter 3:22).

The suffering Early Church always knew where the final source of authority lay — in Jesus, exalted at the right hand of God! Thus, those believers could endure persecution, deprivation of rights, suffering or martyrdom because they knew Jesus held the eternal power over all human thrones.

Finally, by quoting Psalm 110:1, Jesus indicates to us there will be a delay before “His enemies” are under His feet. He is to sit until that has been accomplished. Our deep desire is that His enemies be placed under His feet now — that sin, death and sorrow be no more! However, we are to wait patiently as that Day will come!

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, because You are secure on Your throne, I am secure in You on this Earth!

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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