In the New Testament, with the exception of passages in the book of Revelation, Jesus is depicted, after his ascension, as sitting at the right hand of the Father:
“…neither was he left unto hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we [the 12 apostles] are all witnesses….The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies the footstool of they feet” (Acts 2:31-32, 34-35 ASV).
“…which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion…” (Eph. 1:20-21 ASV).
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right had of the Majesty on high…” (Heb. 1:3 KJV).
Yet there is an exception:
Stephen was one of the seven disciples chosen to minister to the needs of destitute widows in the early days of the church in Jerusalem (Acts 6:1-6). He was also a very zealous evangelist, and ultimately suffered death by stoning for preaching Jesus as Saviour (Acts 7:54-60).
As the ordeal commenced that would place Stephen first in the long list of those to follow Jesus in His death as well as in His cause, Stephen was granted an extraordinary vision of his Master:
“But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55-56 ASV).
From the time of his death, resurrection, and ascension, the New Testament shows us Jesus Christ “seated” on the right hand of His Father in the heavens. But on this day He rose and stood, while one of His disciples was reviled, battered, and broken to death for His name.
Christian, how many times have you wondered if you would have courage enough to stand alone, facing the lions, the stake, or the rack for Jesus’ sake? Others have done so. If that hour should come, would you, could you? Yes, you would stand strong — because in that hour of trial you would not stand alone.
In that hour, should it ever come, through the eye of faith you will see the Saviour, standing with you, nail-pierced, waiting to confess you before His Father, as you have confessed Him before men (Matt. 10:32). Remember, Christian, “…He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:5-6 KJV).