Do you ever have revelations when reading scripture? I do.
I grew up in a very conservative Southern Baptist church where Bible verses were thrown at me from every angle—in Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, worship services, and youth retreats. I’m thankful for those people that encouraged me to memorize scripture and read the Word of God; however, so many times I’ve looked back at those verses not knowing what they really mean. I memorized them for a reward or treat, but I didn’t know what they meant or how it related to my life. Make sense?
Fast forward many years later—I’m reading a book called Destined to Reign by Joseph Prince, and I’ll be honest, I love to read but usually when it comes to “devotionals” or “feel-good Christian books,” I’ll read for a few days and then never open it again. This book is impossible to put down.
Back to my revelation…
In his book, Prince writes about the finished work of Jesus on the cross. He includes a verse from Hebrews:
“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God…For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”
You’ve probably heard this verse many times. For me, it was one of those “memory verses.” Prince elaborates on the sitting down part. He writes that, under the old covenant, the tabernacle never had chairs or furniture for the priest to sit on because the priest continuously stood, ministering daily and offering sacrifices; the work of the priest was never finished.
But the verse in Hebrews tells us that Jesus sat down at the right hand of God. Why? Because His work is finished! That is powerful! I read that small bit of background information and was in tears at those three small words: He sat down. Wow! What an amazing King we serve! Hallelujah!
Because of Jesus’ finished work, we (meaning you and me) are able to sit with Him and rest in the completed work of Jesus.
I encourage you today to take a deep breath, clear your mind of all distraction, worry, or fear, and sit down with Jesus and rest.