Title: “SAT DOWN!”
Text: Hebrews 1:3
Criss & Bobbie Estes
Subject: Christ Taking His Seat
Date: Tuesday Evening – October 12,1999
Tape # V-49a
1:1-3 "God, who at sundry times and in divers
manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, (2) Hath in these last days spoken unto
us by his Son, whom he hath appointed
heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (3) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all
things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat
down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"
is a Man in glory! There is a Man, risen, exalted, and seated upon the throne
of God. Do you realize what that means? Does not the Word of God ask, “How can he (a man) be clean, that is born of woman?” We read in the Book of God, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but
after this the judgment.” Yet, the Holy Spirit here declares that there is
a Man in glory, a Man who, “when he had
by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high!”
This Man is no ordinary man.
This is the God-man. He became a man that he might redeem men. He lived in this world as the
Representative Man, the Representative of God’s elect. He lived the
full age of a man in perfect obedience to the will and law of God, to establish
righteousness for men, even righteousness of God, by magnifying the law and
making it honorable.
when his hour had fully come, this
Man, the God-man, our Lord Jesus Christ, died upon the cursed tree as our
Substitute, “the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God.” Now, this Man, who as a man put
away sin by the sacrifice of himself, is seated upon the very throne of God in
glory, accepted as a man with God! Hear the good news of that fact. -- Since there is a Man in glory, accepted of
God, there can be another, and another, and another! Because this Man, the
God-man is in glory, “He is able also to
save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him!”
Now, look at verse three again.
Hebrews 1:3 "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his
person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by
himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on
are three things in this verse I want you to see. These three things are both
the bare basics and the greatest wonders of our faith.
I. WHO IS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?
the Holy Spirit tells us that he is “the
brightness of God’s glory and the express image of his person.” Christ is
both God himself and the singular revelation and expression of the glory of
“The reference is to the sun
and its rays. The Father and the Son are the same as the sun and its rays. One
is not before the other, and they cannot be divided or separated. He is the
perfect revelation and the exact image and character of the Father (Isa. 9:6;
John 1:1-3; 10:30; 14:8-10; Matt. 1:21-23).” – Henry
II. WHAT HAS
Much needs to be said in answer to this
question; but we will stick with our text, and simply declare that which is the
essence of all our Savior did as the God-man, our Mediator. The Lord Jesus Christ has “by himself purged our sins!”
The Lord Jesus, of himself,
by himself alone and by the sacrifice of himself, made atonement for all the
sins of God’s elect. He took our sins upon himself, bore them and died under
the penalty of them, thereby abolishing them completely (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb.
9:26; Col. 1:19-22; Isa. 53:4-6).
Corinthians 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that
we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
9:26 "For then must he often have suffered
since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he
appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."
1:19-22 "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; (20) And, having made peace through the
blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (21) And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath
he reconciled (22) In the body of his
flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in
53:4-6 "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and
carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and
afflicted. (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon
him; and with his stripes we are healed.
(6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own
way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."
III. WHERE IS
OUR SAVIOR NOW?
Look at verse three again.
He is that yonder in glory, there, two thousand years ago, “he sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high.” The “Majesty on high” is God the Father, to
whom majesty belongs and who is clothed with majesty.
His right hand is the place
of power, greatness, acceptance and glory. There sits the Man, Christ Jesus,
and all his elect in him. We have been made to sit down with him in heavenly
Lord Jesus Christ, when he had finished all the work which his Father gave him
to do upon the earth as our Substitute, Surety, and Mediator, “sat down on the right hand of the Majesty
on high!” Let me show you something about what that means. Here are seven
reasons why the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man, our Mediator and Substitute sat
down upon the throne of grace, on the right hand of the Majesty on high.
1. He sat down because his work was finished (John 19:30; Rom. 8:33-34; Heb.
John 19:30 "When Jesus therefore had received the
vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the
8:33-34 "Who shall lay any thing to the charge
of God's elect? It is God that
justifieth. (34) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that
is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh
intercession for us."
10:10-14 "By the which will we are sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (11) And every priest standeth daily ministering and
offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: (12) But this man, after he had offered
one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (13) From henceforth expecting till his
enemies be made his footstool. (14) For
by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
2. He sat down because God the Father accepted his sacrifice as
our sin-atoning Substitute.
Lord God sees of the travail of his soul and is satisfied. The law and justice
of God, the righteousness and truth of God, the holiness and purity of God
cannot demand more than Christ paid for the sins of his people! Now, God can be
and is, both just and the Justifier of all who believe on his dear Son.
3. The Lord Jesus Christ sat
down in heaven, as our great High Priest upon the throne of grace, because he
is now, as the God-man our Mediator, the
sovereign Monarch of all the universe (John 17:2; Rom. 14:9).
John 17:2 "As thou hast given him power over all
flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given
Romans 14:9 "For to this end Christ both died, and
rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living."
4. The Lord Jesus took his
place in glory, at the right hand of the Majesty on high, because this Man is himself God.
throne of God is his throne! He was given this place as a man; but it was
always his as God; and he took it, he “sat” down, as the God-man, our Savior!
5. The Lord Jesus Christ sat
down upon the right hand of God, as
the Representative and Forerunner of his people (Heb. 6:20; 1 John
6:20 "Whither the forerunner is for us
entered, even Jesus, made an high
priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."
2:1-3 "My little children, these things write
I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (2) And
he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (3) And hereby we do know that we know
him, if we keep his commandments."
in Glory Land, upon the very throne of God is a Man, A Man who is himself God,
who incessantly pleads our cause with the Father.
6. The Lord Jesus Christ sat
down in heaven, because he has now
opened the way for sinners to come to God (Heb. 10:19-22).
10:19-22 "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to
enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (20) By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us,
through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
(21) And having an high priest
over the house of God; (22) Let us
draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."
7. The Lord Jesus sat down in
heaven as a mighty Victor, a
Conqueror whose enemies shall never rise again, whose enemies must and
shall be put under his feet (Phil. 2:8-11).
2:8-11 "And being found in fashion as a man, he
humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (9) Wherefore God also hath highly
exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, of things in heaven,
and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Christ sat down in glory, as the mighty Captain of our salvation, our salvation
is a matter of certainty. We are now more than conquerors in him (Rom.
8:28-39 "And we know that all things work
together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according
to his purpose. (29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and
whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also
(31) What shall we then say to
these things? If God be for us, who can be against
(32) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up
for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
(33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
(34) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is
even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
(35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) As
it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as
sheep for the slaughter. (37) Nay, in
all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (38) For I am persuaded, that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come, (39) Nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."