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The Joy of His Presence

  

Read Peter’s address to his fellow countrymen on the day of Pentecost and you can feel the jubilance in his voice. God had freed Jesus from the agony of death, and his presence was now being demonstrated by the sending of the holy spirit.!!. Peter quotes Ps 16:

I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken for he is right beside me.
O wonder my heart is filled with joy,
And my mouth shouts his praises!
My body rests in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
Or allow your godly one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life,
Granting me the joy of your presence
And the pleasures of living with you forever. (Ps 16:8-11) NLT)

The literal end of verse 8 reads, “we are at his right hand”. The literal end of verse 11 says, “in his right hand are joys forever’.

From the sense of security given by the presence of a comrade in battle on the unshielded side, the right side came to represent the place of a protector.

With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;
In the great throng I will praise him.
For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
To save his life from those who condemn him. (Ps. 100:30-31 NIV)

To sit down at God’s right hand is the glory reserved for his Son.

Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’
‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ (Mark 14:61b-62 NIV)

God had declared the Messiah would sit at his right hand. (Ps 110:1). It had been the joy set before Jesus as he faced the Cross.

On the day of Pentecost Peter testified regarding Jesus, now exalted, was now at the Father’s right hand:

God has raised this Jesus to life and 2we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.” (Acts 2:33 NIV)

Peter exulted at Jesus’ exaltation. How did he know Jesus had been exalted? Because what Jesus had promised had now been sent:

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth (John14:16a NIV)

Approximately 2000 Pentecosts later, we share the same joy.

  

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