For Youwill not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
#18 Messiah is now at God’s right hand
“The LORD says to my Lord,
‘Sit at My right hand
until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.’ “
# 17’s fulfillment is seen in Acts 2:22-32 and Matthew 28:1-10. #18’s is in Mark 16:19 and Luke 24:50-51.
For those studying Hebrews, the fulfillment of these two prophecies is spoken of there as well.
After many prophecies that are sobering in that they prophesied His death. These last two are amazing in that His death was not the end of the story. No. The end of the story is that He lives! He is not dead!
Casting Crowns has recently included “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” on their Christmas cd. It’s an old carol with lyrics penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. My favorite part of the traditional song and this new version is when the song echoes the words, “God is not dead, nor does He sleep!” It makes me want to give Jesus a wave offering, literally. One hand on my heart and the other raised high pointing heavenward where I know my Savior lives seated at God’s right hand. He is there interceding on the behalf of believers.
My high priest is able to sit at God’s right hand because His salvation work on this earth is done. The high priest was always standing in the holy of holies, never seated, because he was working ministering to God and praying for the people.
But, once Jesus died on the cross and the veil was torn in two pieces top to bottom, we believers were given direct access to God. The baby born in a manger did what He came to do, save us. It is finished.
Hear Casting Crowns’ version of “I Heard the Bells” and meditate on God’s perfect gift of Jesus and His amazing grace.