February 22

1Pe 3:22 (NLT)
Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

V22, Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. The Lord Jesus Christ not only arose from among the dead, but He ascended to heaven from where He had originally come. He is there today, not as an invisible, intangible spirit- being, but as a living Man in a glorified body of flesh and bones. In that body He bears eternally the wounds He received at Calvary—eloquent and everlasting tokens of His love for us.

Our Lord is at the right hand of God, the place of:

Power: Since the right hand is generally stronger than the left, it has come to be associated with power (Matt. 26:64).
Honor: Christ is ” exalted to the right hand of God” (Acts 2:33; 5:31).
Rest: In virtue of His finished work Christ ” sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. 1:3; see also 8:1; 10:12). This rest is the rest of satisfaction and complacency, not the rest that conquers weariness.
Intercession: Paul speaks of Christ being at the right hand of God where He intercedes for us (Rom. 8:34).
Preeminence: “At His right hand in the heavenly places, (He is) far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come…” (Eph. 1:20, 21).
Dominion: In Hebrews 1:13, God the Father says to the Son, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Dominion is emphasized in 1 Peter 3:22:”… at the right hand of God, with angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.”

Angels and authorities and powers are doubtless intended to cover all ranks of heavenly beings. They are all servants of the risen, glorified Christ. This then was our Lord’s experience in suffering for well-doing. Men rejected Him, both in His pre-incarnate testimony through Noah and in His First Advent as the Son of Man. He was baptized in death’s dark waters at Calvary. But God raised Him from the dead and glorified Him at His own right hand in heaven. In the eternal purposes of God, suffering had to precede glory.

This was the lesson both for Peter’s original readers and also for us. We should not be upset if we experience opposition and even persecution for doing good, for we do not deserve better treatment than our Savior had when He was on earth. We should comfort ourselves with the promise that if we suffer with Him, we shall be glorified with Him (Rom. 8:17). Furthermore, the sufferings now are not worthy to be compared with the glory that awaits us (Rom. 8:18). The afflictions are light and momentary; the glory is eternal and weighty beyond all comparison (2 Cor. 4:17).

Messanic Prophesies Jesus Fulfilled

Messiah would be spat upon and struck

Isa 50:6 (ESV)
I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.

Mat 26:67 (ESV)
Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him.

Messiah would be hated without cause

Psa 35:19 (ESV)
Let not those rejoice over me who are wrongfully my foes, and let not those wink the eye who hate me without cause.

Jn 15:24-25 (ESV)
If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’