Right-Hand Man

“Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.” Exodus 15:6

On May 30th we celebrated “Ascension Day” (Acts:1). This supernatural event happened 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection – the day Jesus departed from the earth and entered the presence of God; seated at His right hand in heaven (Luke 22:69). The disciples witnessed this amazing event, and were told that Jesus would return! He would return the same way He left. The disciples were then told to wait in Jerusalem when He would send His Holy Spirit to come upon them and give them power to carry on the work He began (Acts 1:8). Right-hand man is an idiom based on the idea that for most people the right hand is usually stronger than the left. In the 18th century it depicted a soldier posted to the right of a cavalry unit. A unit is – an individual, group, structure, or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole. A unit is regarded as, “ONE.” Jesus is “ONE” with the Father (John 10:30, John 14:10, Deuteronomy 6:4).

A right-hand man refers to someone who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or purpose; to bring a project to fulfillment and completion. It is a place of honor, and a place of power; a place of great responsibility. When the bible says that Jesus sat at the right hand of God, it wasn’t necessarily a literal description of His physical position in relation to the throne. God encompasses all things. He is omnipresent, so there is no right or left, time or space. God’s right-hand symbolizes a position of power and honor (Matthew 28:18). It is an attribute of God’s being. Jesus was God robed in flesh (John 1:1). To put it in perspective, you could think of Jesus as God’s right hand literally; an extension of Him. Our hands, when we reach them out, are an extension of our being, not a separate part – all part of the same spirit; same life blood. Jesus was God’s “right hand man” recruited and sent to earth to complete the plan of Salvation (John 3:16). I like to imagine God reaching down His HUGE right hand to the earth. His only Son – His Heart in the palm of His right hand, reaching out to save us. The Church is Jesus’ right-hand man now. We are the body of Christ filled with His spirit; and resurrection power, to do a work for the coming Kingdom. To be His hands and feet, reaching out to a dying world, and give them the good news of salvation, and that He is coming back again!

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

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