Seated At The Father’s Right Hand
Q49. Where is Christ now?
A. Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.
There is a line in the opening verses of the New Testament book of Hebrews that gives me great comfort and encouragement—“After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3) This statement falls within the context of the first four verses of the book where the author holds forth the Lord Jesus Christ as the ultimate revelation of God. Jesus is God’s last word on the matter of the fall, redemption, and future glory. But it is that one line about Jesus sitting down that is, in my opinion, the sweetest to the believer’s ear. To say that Jesus sat down is to say that his work of redemption is both satisfactory and complete. This means that for all those who are united to Him by faith, glory is certain because Christ is theirs and they are Christ’s. This week, our catechism is question forty-nine asks, “Where is Christ now?” Answer: “Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.
Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Father. The risen and ascended Lord, though he no longer walks this earth, nevertheless rules over us and over all the universe from his throne in heaven. He is in a place of absolute authority and power and he is our advocate before the Father. This should be a source of great comfort for us because we know that he cares for us and will never abandon us. As St. Paul reflects about these things in his letter to the Romans, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31–39 ESV) So where is Christ now? He is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven awaiting the Day of his return to make all things right. And what should this mean for those who believe in Him? Because we are united to Jesus by faith, where he is there we are also. Whatever our present circumstances, we are even now seated with him at the right hand of the Father in love; and nothing can ever separate us from the love of Christ.