“This Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down at the right hand of God. When He had by Himself purged our sins, He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. The standing posture of the ancient priests showed that their work was an unfinished one. The sitting down of our High Priest intimated to all heaven that the work was done, and the eternal redemption obtained.
And what was thus intimated in heaven has been proclaimed on earth by those whom God sent forth in the power of the Holy Ghost, to tell to men the things which eye had not seen nor ear heard. That ‘sitting down’ contained in itself the gospel. The first note of that gospel was sounded at Bethlehem, from the manger where the young child lay; the last note came from the throne above, when the Son of God returned in triumph from His mission of grace to earth, and took His seat upon the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens.
Between these two extremities, the manger and the throne, how much is contained for us! All the love of God is there. The exceeding riches of divine grace are there. The fullness of that power and wisdom and righneteousness, which have come forth, not to destroy, but to save, is there. These are the two boundary walls of that wondrous storehouse out of which we are to be filled throughout the eternal ages.”
–Horatius Bonar, The Everlasting Righteousness; or, How Shall a Man be Just with God? (Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth, 1874/1993), 58-9.