The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
Jesus’ posture of sitting isn’t because He’s tired or disinterested in what is going on in our lives. It’s quite the opposite! Jesus’ sitting down at God’s right hand represents the completed work of redemption He accomplished on our behalf at the cross.
Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus “sat down” after “making purification for sins.” In Matthew 22:41-44, Jesus pointed out that in this Psalm, God is calling the Messiah, “Lord.” In the blood sacrifice of King Jesus for the sins of humankind, God is fully satisfied to reconcile all people to Himself. Jesus’ position at the “right hand” of God is a position of power and glory, equal with God as the angels are commanded to worship Him (Heb. 1:6).
We like more gentle visions of Jesus than that of Psalm 110. The vision of Jesus as a king whose enemies are made His footstool is not a popular one in our culture. Jesus, however, said, “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49). As such, Jesus’ role as King involves judging the world as He promises to one day “shatter kings on the day of his wrath” and “execute judgement among the nations.” His one sacrifice for sins brings forgiveness for those who turn to Him in faith and receive it, and when Christ returns every knee will bow to Him as Lord. On that day, no one will be able to exalt themselves because Christ will be revealed as the glorious King over all creation.
• Read Hebrews 1:3-6. What did Jesus accomplish before He sat down?
• Why hasn’t God already made His enemies His footstool?
• Thank Jesus for completing the work of redemption on your behalf, once and for all. Ask Him to help you carry out His great command to love and commission to make disciples until He returns.