“Don’t make me get up!”
Kind of remember hearing that once or twice (ok, . . . maybe more often than that) when I was a kid. It was a warning. Often the last warning. If my dad had to get up, I wasn’t going to like what was coming down. If he stood, it wasn’t going to be good.
As I continue reading in Isaiah this morning, Judah had already gone beyond that point of no return.
The LORD has taken His place to contend;
He stands to judge peoples. (Isaiah 3:13 ESV)
Jehovah, the Existing One, was taking His place in the courtroom of divine justice. His pleas and provision for reconciliation having been rejected, He makes His case for chastening discipline. He presents the facts of the indictment. He lays out the details of His complaint. Arrogance. Decadence. Injustice. Rebellion. So He stands to judge the people.
“Don’t make me get up!”
And just as there was a day when Judah’s persistent refusal required God’s righteous determination, there will be a day when the Lord will stand in judgment over all who have refused Him.
But not today!
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high . . .
And to which of the angels has [God] ever said, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet”?
(Hebrews 1:1-3, 13 ESV)
Today, the Heir of all things is seated. Today, the eternal Creator waits–sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Seated because the work is finished. The provision for purification for sins secured through the cross. Made available to all who, by faith, will receive it.
Seated at the Father’s right hand because our God is patient, “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2Pet. 3:9).
To be sure, there will be a day when the Lord will stand to judge the peoples. But, for now, He is sitting.
Sitting, but not inactive. His Spirit at work in the world. Convicting men and women of sin. Wooing lost souls to an eternal home. Giving supernatural sight to the spiritually blind. Rebirthing creatures of darkness into children of light. Taking those made in the image of God and forming within them the image of Christ.
Oh, the glorious work of a seated Savior!
. . . let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
(Isaiah 55:7 ESV)
Though one day He will stand as the righteous Judge, not today!
Let us seek the Savior while He is seated.
By faith alone through grace alone. For His glory alone.