Jesus has chosen to be empty and unfulfilled without you and all other believers!
In our creed we say that Jesus “ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” No, Jesus isn’t literally sitting – he’s as busy as ever right now ruling for our good, interceding on our behalf, and preparing a place for us in heaven. What we mean by Jesus sitting at God’s right hand is that he is the right hand man.
A right hand man acts in the interest of his superior, and does so with an agreeing purpose and with as much authority. So Jesus acts in the interest of his Father and does it with the same purpose and power, agreement and authority. In short, Jesus has whatever it takes to get things done! Jesus doesn’t need to get permission! Jesus can handle anything! The Bible puts it this way in Ephesians 1, “[God] seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.”
Paul uses four terms describing positions of power and authority to strengthen our faith with the confidence that absolutely no authority or power can successfully oppose our risen and ascended Savior. “All things [are] under his feet.”
Your regretful mistakes from the past may be ruining an opportunity or two today, but they don’t have the power to rule your life and they must have Jesus’ very permission to take you down their paths, because Jesus has power over them. Your worries about the future may haunt you but they don’t have any power to change your life unless Jesus allows them to, because Jesus has power over them. Like a head authoritatively uses its brain to make decisions that are best for the body to which it is attached, so Jesus uses his power to cause or allow only what is best for his believers, whom Paul calls “the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
Did you catch the paradox in that statement? Jesus “fills everything in every way.”Since his ascension, his invisible presence fills the world; he is always everywhere. More than that, he is into everything. Every blade of grass, every sound of rush hour traffic, every heartbeat of humanity belongs to him and he is therefore completely self-sufficient. Jesus is so powerfully present in everything that he doesn’t need anything … and yet the church – you and I and all believers – we are called his “fullness.” Jesus has chosen to be empty and unfulfilled without you and all other believers! Jesus has no other purpose, no other dream, no other interest than to use his power to save you as part of God’s eternal plan, and he will not rest until he has accomplished it! Only then will he be truly fulfilled.
And to that end, he shares his power with believers.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I believe that you ascended into heaven and are seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. I also believe that you are very active in the world and in my life. Fulfill your power and purpose in me as your present day disciple. Give me full courage when I am pressured to back down from doing what is right. Provide me with full guidance when I am tempted to compromise my beliefs and moral principles. Rule for the good of all believers in all the world today and always, Jesus, and bring your kingdom to many more who do not live by your grace. Amen.