Romans 8:33-35 (NIV)
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Acts 7:54-58 (NIV)
When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
“But there is One whose life has been given for us, so that our names would not be blotted out, and One who took our punishment away. There is One whose blood has atoned for our sin when we were faithless and idolatrous. There is One who has perfectly stood the test in the desert for forty days and nights in our place, in whom we can place the our total trust. There is One who is interceding for us now at the right hand of the Father, of whom Stephen said in Acts chapter 7, “Look, I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” His name is Jesus, and as we are God’s people being led through the desert of this world, he has commanded us to wait for him to return to us, so that he himself can lead us.” [Adapted from P. Nate’s message at AMC]
In Acts 7, a young man named Saul stood in approval of those who stoned Stephen to death for his faith in Jesus. At that moment, Stephen proclaimed that he saw Jesus at the right hand of the Father. Later, Paul, as a Christian apostle, writes that Jesus presently intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father. As he wrote these words, I wonder if he was thinking about Stephen’s final words? Today, let’s respond in thanksgiving, worship and prayer as we remember the testimony of God’s Word, and let’s also sing, “Exalted Over All” by Elevation Worship.