At the Right Hand
by Donald T. Williams
"Sedet ad dexteram Patris"; "and sits at the right hand of the Father." —The Nicene Creed
The place from which Jesus came and to which he returned, the place where he belongs, and hence the place where we can find him, is at the right hand of the Father. What does this mean?
When Robert E. Lee heard that Stonewall Jackson had been hit by friendly fire, he said, "Jackson has lost his left arm, and I have lost my right." Your right-hand man is the one you most trust when something important needs to be done. That is what the Son is to the Father, because Jesus' meat and drink was to do the Father's will. So that spot at the right hand of the Father's throne really is his spot. And because he is there as the head of his body the Church, it is our spot now, too. And that gives us a useful way to measure our growth in Christ-likeness.
What is your meat and drink? We should be jumping up and down and waving our hands and saying, "Oh! Oh! Here am I. Send me!"
Donald T. Williams Ph.D., is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Square Halo Books, 2016) and An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien (Christian Publishing House, 2018). He is a member of University Church, an interdenominational house church in Athens, Georgia.
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