In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on Jesus seated at God's right hand and Judgment. We will examine the significance of Jesus' position in Heaven and the continued work He does there on behalf of us.
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As we move through our study of the Creed we come across two statements:
First, we learn that Jesus “is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” Second, we find out that that: “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.”
Let’s start with Jesus sitting at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.
We know that Jesus suffered His Passion, He was crucified, He died, He was buried, He rose again on Easter Sunday, and then forty days later, He ascended into Heaven (the Ascension). This next line tells us what happened when He went back to Heaven.
Sometimes we might think that Jesus came into existence when He was born of the Virgin Mary. But that would be wrong. Jesus has always existed because He is part of the Trinity, which means He is God. He took on a human nature and became man, but He had already been God for all eternity before that. So, after He died, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, He went back to the position that He had held earlier. Before He became a man He had sat on the throne next to God the Father. Now that He is back in Heaven, He again sits at the right hand of the Father.
How do we know He sits at God’s right hand, and why does it matter where He is sitting?
St. Paul tells us in many of his letters that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God. He says to the Romans “Christ…is at the right hand of God” (8:34). We repeat this when we pray the Apostle’s Creed.
The reason Christ sits at the right hand of God is to show several important things. Christ is always equal to God, because He is part of the Trinity. He sits at God the Father’s right hand to show that the two of them work together, the Father is not the boss of the Son, and the Son is not the boss of the Holy Spirit, rather all three persons of the Trinity work together and equally as God the Blessed Trinity.
Back when we had fancy kingdoms and palaces in the world, kings and queens sat on elaborate thrones and were very elegant. To be seated at the right hand of a king was a sign of importance and very prestigious.
Sometimes at government dinners with presidents or dignitaries, the person seated next to them is considered important too because they are distinguished guests and next to the powerful person being honored.
The best or most preferred guest at a dinner party is often placed at the right hand of the host.
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