In this final post in the series, I want to reflect on the fact that Jesus is waiting to return. As we started this little series we reflected on Peter’s words preaching on the day of Pentecost and quoting Psalm 110 as he says:
‘Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool”’ (Acts 2:33-35)
The Son is invited to sit down by the Father but there is a temporary nature to the invitation, and “until.”
There is a day coming when the enemies of Christ will be made his footstool. In Philippians 2 Paul says that because Jesus humbled himself and obeyed the Father:
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
John in the book of Revelation says: “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen” (Revelation 1:7)
What is Jesus doing now? Well he is seated because his redeeming work is completed; He is reigning even where his rule is not recognised; he is interceding for his people and he is waiting for his coming future reign and so we live with hope! One day soon his waiting will be over.