Jesus Has Taken His Seat

Now the point in what we are saying is this:  we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man” (Hebrews 8:1-2).

The Son took His seat.

This declaration points back to the Creation story of Genesis 1. On the seventh day, the Lord rested. We could say that He sat down and entered into a day of appreciation and reflection and contemplation.

God saw all that He had done as good and very good. Finished, He was. Additional activity was unnecessary.

Our God is secure in who He is and He always has been. He is quite unlike any of the other gods or goddesses who have been presented through the ages. A latter passage in the book of Hebrews describes Him as the “Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). He began His good work and He shall perfect what He started. He is all and in all. In Him, all things consist.

The Lord needs nothing; He doesn’t need us either. Our thanksgiving and praises and honor are very welcome to Him. He longs for us and He seeks us for His desire is toward us. Evidence of this is expressed in John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe would not perish but have everlasting life.”

Yes, God was and is content, entire, and complete. Holy is the proper word for Him, and this word means far more than we take it to mean. Shalom is another word, a Hebrew word that indicates total fulfillment, the state where there is nothing lacking or out of place.

All is One in Him according to His Word.

Peace, not pieces. This is the will of God for His Creation. This is Holiness. And we are instructed to worship Him in the beauty of His Holiness.

The truth about the One, the true God, the Lord of All Things, is His good pleasure. He has nothing to prove and never has attempted to prove Himself.

Revelation and Reality

Nowhere in the Bible will we find the Lord offering an explanation about where He came from. He does not feel compelled to justify His existence or His actions.

See the latter part of the book of Job. The Lord comes to meet a man who’s experienced a series of tragedies, all initiated by Satan, the accuser and slanderer and liar and murderer. Job also faced the badgering insinuations of a trio of friends. He was told again and again that his religious life wasn’t up to par. The counsel he got was empty. The words offered no hope. Fortunately, Job knew God well enough to cling to his integrity; he clung to the reality of his living Redeemer and to the promise that he would see Him (see Job 19:25).

And at last the Lord was there so that Job could see Him with new eyes. There was not necessarily a visible manifestation, but Job got an awareness of His Presence.

God just began posing questions – nearly 80 in all.

The encounter left Job speechless. He had done so much talking in the pouring out of his complaints and moments of self-justification. He was then laid bare by the sword of the Spirit.

Revelation is an unveiling. The Greek word apokalypsis, from which the English “apocalypse” is derived, means a process of discovery of what already is in the Lord’s mind and His heart. The Word is His story, a report of the reality of what He is doing and what He is planning to do.

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In Hebrews 8, we read that Jesus is the High Priest who sat down. The earthly priests could never sit down. In fact, there are no seats whatsoever in the Tabernacle or Temple designs and directions that can be found in Exodus or 1 Kings.

Jesus, the Resurrected Son, occupies the place reserved in the true tent, the eternal Tabernacle. He sits now at the right hand of Majesty in heaven.

Moses’ Tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple were typographical representations of the real thing that is positioned above all things. The “copy and shadow of heavenly things” served to draw people to the Presence of God.

The commandments of the Law offered definition; these formed a kind of safety manual for worship, for sacrifices, for festivals, and for life in general. Moses was told to carefully tell the Israelites all that he heard from God:  “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain” (Hebrews 8:5).

By following these statutes and precepts, the people were to testify to the world of the Lord who is the One, and only One God who has spoken through His covenants established with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The New Covenant

Through the prophets, the Lord communicated that another Covenant era would come. Knowing that we are but dust, the Lord fashioned the new and living way. The weakness of human nature made fulfillment of the Law impossible in our selves.

And so the Lord fashioned and finished a New Covenant, one confirmed through the Blood of the Lamb. The original Tabernacle and the people standing about it were sanctified with the sprinkled blood from the offerings of animals in Exodus 24.

This better, more excellent and eternal Covenant was sealed with the Blood of Christ. He went up and carried His Blood to the great Mercy Seat of Heaven. There it declares justice satisfied. Never again will there be a sprinkling of this kind.

The Voice of the Blood announces all debts cancelled. There remains no more sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the world. Christ was lifted up to draw all men to Him. He alone was the perfect offering. His Blood is the efficacious substance that answers all accusations.

The accusations are very true. Nothing has been excused. But all penalties have been paid in full.

The Tree of Calvary served to answer every question asked at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. On the Cross, Christ reached beyond the limits of evil, to the place of absolute separation from the Presence of the Lord. His contact with the Spirit was severed for those moments when He who knew no sin became sin for us.

None before had ever known the totality of cosmic darkness that Jesus entered. Religion, government, and family conspired to send to the execution at Golgotha.

Jesus went there to taste the fullness of death, to encounter the reality of Hell that is detachment. He was sent away and rendered unknowable. He experienced a departure that He understood would be horrific and crushing, being wounded for all transgression and suffering the chastisement for our peace, as mentioned in Isaiah 53.

This is our God. The First and the Last, the living One, who died, and behold He is alive forevermore (Revelation 1:17-18).

Now He has seated Himself. All is at His feet.

 

 

Steve Andrulonis
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