The Apostles Creed …he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
Hebrews 2: 1-4
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Who would we call our ‘right-hand’ person and why? As far as I am concerned, it could be someone who has demonstrated their faithfulness to me in difficult times; someone, who has demonstrated that he/she respects me, values me above much else; someone whose faithfulness to me is costly and who also shares my heart, my values and my priorities. I suspect that you must wonder whether a real human being can really tick all those boxes. For many, it might be a best friend, a spouse or a partner.
Jesus has certainly won the right to sit at God’s right hand. He has managed to humbly reflect God’s heart and glory on earth, through a ‘critical fidelity’ (costly faithfulness). Jesus succeeded where angels and prophets did fail for millennia, however anointed they were. Ultimately, Jesus showed that he could be trusted with God’s supreme power, hidden not only in the frailty of human nature, but also in the suffering and vulnerability of the Cross.
The questions we may ask ourselves this morning is: can God trust us with such supreme power? How have we, and the Church, been Christ-like stewards of that supreme power over the centuries? Is God entrusting more responsibilities and souls to believers/churches who are more trustworthy to use God’s supreme power well?
Has God been training and challenging us to be more trustworthy with power by allowing some aspects of our lives to be cross-like? This should be much easier now, as we have a compassionate great High Priest before God’s throne: a priest who knows how hard it is for humans to be critically faithful in this generation. He not only journeys with us through his Spirit but also intercedes for us, according to the depths of his love and riches of his glory.
Gracious Saviour, how awesome it is that we can now boldly approach God’s throne. Grant us the faithfulness, which makes the Father proud of us. Renew, reform us and refocus us today, so that God’s will becomes naturally ours. Help us dream your dreams and enact your visions. Grant us the grace to be good stewards of the power and authority, so generously made available to us and to your Church. Amen
The Rev’d Bachelard Kaze, Minister, Eastwood, Langley, Marlpool Pastorate