Why Was Jesus Standing?
I have always been intrigued by the 55th and 56th Verses in the 7th Chapter of Acts that tells about the stoning of Stephen. In those verses, it tells us that Jesus was “standing” at the right hand of God. Not once but twice for emphasis. The reason these verses have always challenged me is because they are the only verses that say Jesus was “standing.” Every other reference to Jesus after His ascension have him sitting at the right hand of God. Mark 16:19 , Luke 22:69, and Ephesians 1:20 all have Jesus “sitting.” So I began to ask God why Jesus was standing,and here is what the Holy Spirit showed me.
One reason Jesus was standing was to see the gross wickedness of the religious leaders as they killed an innocent man. Not only had they put Stephen on trial with trumped-up charges, but they committed the ultimate act of killing a man who was guilty of no crime. But never forget my friend, God sees everything we do. He says in His Word, “my eyes are on all their
ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.” God sees all that we do. What men think they do in secret, God is watching.
A second reason that Jesus was standing was to see who consented to this murder by their silence. James 4:17 tells us, “Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” It is in the anchor verses from Acts 7 that we are first introduced to a young man named Saul. This is the same Saul who would later meet Jesus on the Damascus Road and have his name changed to Paul. This is the same Saul who would live perhaps one of the most powerful Christian lives ever documented. This is the same Saul, who under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit would write nearly half of the New Testament.
I love you and care about you so much. Know that I am praying for you. Tomorrow, I will share with you the third reason why Jesus was standing and the powerful conclusion to this message. It will challenge you and motivate you in your relationship with Christ, please don’t miss it.
Yesterday, I shared with you the first two reasons the Holy Spirit showed me, here is the third reason and the powerful conclusion to this message as well as a challenge for your life.
The third reason Jesus was standing was to welcome His servant Stephen into Glory! When you are at a football game and your team scores a touchdown, what do you do? you stand and cheer! When you are at a baseball game and your team hits a home run, what do you do? you stand and cheer! When you are at a basketball game and your team scores the winning basket, what do you do? Yes, you stand and cheer. Jesus stood and cheered His servant Stephen as he defended Christ and welcomed him into Glory!!!
In concluding this message, I want to challenge you today. The goal of every follower of Christ is to make Jesus proud of us. If you want Jesus to be proud of you, act like Jesus. A doctor is proud of his child when that child follows in his footsteps and becomes a doctor. A businessman is proud of his son or daughter when they choose to follow in his footsteps and take over the family business. Jesus is proud of His children when they choose to follow in His footsteps! If you want Jesus to be proud of you, act like Jesus!
Right before he died, the Word tells us that Stephen cried out, to the Lord, to not hold that sin against them. Now, most people would have been cursing those who were unjustly killing them, or pleading for their life, or even cursing God for allowing such injustice. But with Stephen’s last breath he was asking God to forgive those who were killing him.
Who else did that? Of course it was Jesus, on the cross just moments before He died asking God to forgive those who were crucifying Him. Jesus was proud of Stephen because he acted like the Master! My challenge to you today is to make it your goal for Jesus to be proud of you. The way to do that is to act like Jesus!
Bless you all!