Why was it so essential that Jesus be seated at the right hand of the Father and that we know that He is coming back? What is the work of the King of Kings that He does on our behalf as He entered His kingdom?
I. Colossians 1:9-20. Jesus is on a rescue mission. He had to enter His kingdom to deliver us from the dominion of darkness and transfer us to His kingdom. He accomplishes this through the church (Matthew 16:18), which is His body, which He bought with His blood (Acts 20:28), over which He is head (Ephesians 1:7-23). We are rescued when we obey the gospel (Acts 2:36-41).
II. Hebrews 7:23-25. We need Jesus to intercede for us. Jesus’ constant work on behalf of those who have obeyed the gospel until the Day of Judgment is to sit at the right hand of the Father as our permanent High Priest and offer intercession for us (Hebrews 9:11-15). And, it is good that He does as the accuser of our brethren is constantly about his deceitful work (Revelation 12:1-17).
III. Hebrews 9:23-28. Because we know that Jesus will return for us (Acts 1:9-11), we must be eagerly waiting for Him. The time for His redemptive work is done, His sacrifice for sins on the cross and overcoming of death at the tomb accomplished. He has gone away to prepare a place for us (John 14:1-4), so we must live faithfully, watching and preparing (Matthew 25:1-13).
Jesus has gone away to do His important work of saving us. Are we about our important work of eagerly waiting for His return?