Mark 16:19

Red Horns and Pitch Forks

 

Read:

“. . . the right hand of God.” Mark 16:19

 

Reflect:

There are a lot of things that people do in the world that are wrong and look wrong – theft, sleeping around, evil talk, bitterness, anger and slander, murder, just to name a few. But there is far more that is wrong in the world than what we do or don’t do. There is evil that’s impossible to pin on an individual or group. 

There is evil that has nothing to do with red horns and pitch forks. We should not be deceived by evil that has the appearance of good. That’s the way the devil does things. Everything is abstract, impersonal, disguised as respectable, always hidden in a method you can’t see.

With Jesus all is visible, personal, out in the open and easy to see. He’s seated at the right hand of God. His rule is public and piercing into every shadowy place. He reigns over all the enemy’s territory. 

The phrase “right hand of God” is based on Psalms 110:1 and lies at the heart of many references throughout the New Testament. Each refers to Christ’s death, resurrection and being enthroned in a position of strength. Jesus, through His finished work, has driven out the ruler of this world. The enemy once held humanity in sin, death and bondage, but now there’s a new leader who offers repentance and forgiveness of sin. Christ becomes our Savior.

The right hand of God radically redefines who we are. We become un-condemnable, because Jesus now justifies us, was crucified, raised to life and is now seated at the right hand of God. The very place where the enemy once stood to accuse you, Jesus now sits. We become inseparable, because Jesus rules from an exalted position, nothing can separate us from the love of God – neither angels nor demons nor any rebel power that works in opposition to the will of God.  

The point is clear, the enemy and every demonic power has been stripped of their power. The cross dethroned the enemy and reinstated Jesus as the rightful ruler. He sits at God’s right hand because His work is finished. We are saved because He’s victorious.

 

Respond:

There’s no panic in heaven, let your heart be calmed.