Romans 8:34 tells us that after His resurrection Jesus was seated at the right hand of the Father.

There are some who think like this.

Yes Jesus’ death paid for my sins. But – then I sin again – and so something more needs to be done to wash that new sin away.

No! Our verse in Romans confounds this by telling us Jesus is at the right hand of God.

What this means is that His work on the cross is finished – once and for all time. It is sufficient to pay for every sin past, present and future.

Again and again in Scripture – we are told that after Jesus was raised from the dead He was seated at the right hand of God the Father.

For example Ephesians 1:20:

He raised [Christ] from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.

What is the significance of being seated at the right hand of the Father?

Hebrews unpacks this.

Hebrews 1:3:

After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Hebrews 10:10–14:

We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. … When Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God … For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

Taking a seat in the heavenlies might not sound like Jesus is doing much.

It sounds like He is just kicking back.

But, when you read through Hebrews the point is clear. By sitting down at the right hand of God it declares that His work is done. Nothing more is necessary.

Jesus is signifying that His death paid for every sin – past, present and future.

He is our Sufficiency.

His work is finished.

The Jews sacrificed every day, every year – because the blood of bulls and goats could not take away sin.

Even today the deep desire of the Jews is to rebuild the Temple to make a sacrifice for sin.

The Catholic Church also misunderstands the work of Jesus. They re-sacrifice Jesus at every mass.

Even some Christians miss this. They keep trying to earn His favour. They sin and think they have to do something to pay for news sins.

But Jesus paid it all and once and for all.

The empty tomb tells us that the risen Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and that His work is finished.

The sin you commit today, tonight, tomorrow, ten years from now – all paid for in full.

How awesome is that?