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Sunday, 16 December 2007

The Exalted Word: Where is Jesus now?

I.  Introduction:

 This morning we contemplated the death and resurrection of Christ together from the Gospel of Mark.  The life and ministry of Jesus on the earth is indeed worth every moment we spend in study and meditation.  His sacrifice for our sins at the cross and His victorious resurrection for our justification (see Romans 4:23-25) is unbelievably worthy of our time and attention this season (and every season).  So, we ended the Gospel of Mark with Jesus being raised from the dead, but then what happened to Him?  In other words, if we know that the grave could not hold Him, then where is Jesus right now?

II.  Passages: Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 1:1-4, Ephesians 1:20-23

 All of these passages (and others, see Acts 2:33, Colossians 3:1) tell us that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  What does this mean?

  1.  All praise is due His Name, for the Father has given Him the Name that is above every name (see Philippians 2:9-11).  Jesus is worthy of all worship and devotion, for He is Lord.
  2.  All authority belongs to Him (see Ephesians 1:20-21).  Jesus is not just Lord, He is Lord over all.  There is no rule or authority that is greater than His.
  3.  All the church is His Body (see Ephesians 1:22-23).  Jesus is the Head of the Church.  He is the final Word in all we do.  Through His Spirit, He directs us, leads us, equips us, and empowers us for ministry and mission.  He does this primarily through the written Word and we have no right or reason to neglect His leading there.
  4.  All His work of redemption is completed (see Hebrews 1:3b-4).  As we might sit down after a long day of work is complete, so Christ sat down at the right hand of the Father to show that His work of redemption is complete.  This does not mean that He is inactive or uninvolved, it simply signifies that His work for our redemption is complete in that we can add nothing to it nor take anything away from it.

 Why is this significant for us?

  1.  It gives us great assurance of our salvation.  The work of Christ for our salvation is finished and accepted by the Father.
  2.  It gives us great assurance for the mission of the Church.  Our enemies will not win, for they are subject to Christ.  All will bow the knee to Lord Jesus.  Our efforts to the nations will ultimately be successful because Christ has been given all authority (see Matthew 18:18-20).  We are not left aimless or alone, for Christ is our Head and He will see us through.  We have great hope in the Savior who is seated at the right hand of the Father.

III.  Conclusion:

 The Advent Season is meant to focus on the two advents of Christ: His incarnation and His return.  We will look more next week at the promised return of Christ, but we should notice some parallels in what we have seen before.  Jesus was with the Father before He took on flesh and came to the earth.  It was promised that the Messiah would come and many expected His coming.  He fulfilled that promise when He came 2000 years ago.  Right now, Jesus is at the right hand of the Father.  His return is promised and we (those who have repented of their sins and placed their faith in His finished work at the cross) can look to it with great expectation.  May the promise of the second advent bring us much joy this season.  Amen.
  
~ William Marshall ~

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