What is Jesus Doing Today?

The Bible tells us what Jesus did on earth, but it also tells us what he is doing today from heaven.

People wonder what Jesus would be doing if he were around today. Instead of speculating, did you know that the Bible actually tells us what Jesus is doing today? The Bible says that after his resurrection from the realm of the dead, Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, inheriting a position of supreme majesty and glory with “angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him” (1 Peter 3:22).

Having taken his seat in the heavenly places (a dimension of space in which God dwells in majestic glory), the Bible tells us that there are four things (among others) that Jesus is doing today:

1. He is ruling in the midst of his enemies

Psalm 110 records an inter-Trinitarian dialogue between the Father and Son, where the period between Christ’s ascension and his second coming is prophesied. In this conversation, the Father declares to David’s Lord, “‘Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.’ The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!”

In this inter-advent age (i.e. the age between Christ’s first and second coming), Jesus is ruling all things from heaven on behalf of his church, bringing history to its full consummation at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

2. He is building his church

In Matthew 16:15, “Jesus asked the disciples, who do you say that I am?” Peter responded with a glowing confession of the divine and messianic status of Christ. He said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Christ responded by noting that the Father had revealed Jesus’ identity to Peter: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealedthisto you, but My Father who is in heaven.” But then Jesus reiterated the importance of Peter’s confession for the church age. He said, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

The book of Acts is a giant treatise about the spread and victory of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the ancient world. Christ continues to build his church today through the Great Commission of Matthew 28.

3. He is interceding for his people

One of the blessings of having a risen savior who has the power of an indestructible life (Hebrews 7:16) is knowing that we have a high priest who will never perish. This means that Jesus “is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

The presentation of the atoning blood of his once-and-for-all sacrifice avails for all time because he is risen! Knowing this, Christians have confidence that nothing and no-one can bring them under condemnation, since, “It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).

4. He is among his lampstands (i.e. churches)

According to Matthew 28:20, Jesus made a promise to be with his people to the very end of the age. This promise is poignantly displayed in the book of Revelation (1:12) where John says that he looked to see the voice that had spoken to him. “And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstandsOnelike the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.” Later in the same chapter it says that the lampstands are the seven churches in Asia Minor to which Revelation is addressed.

Jesus clearly takes an active interest in his light-bearing churches, even speaking prophetic messages of commendation and correction to them in chapters 2–3 of the book. Jesus may be in heaven, but he is still active in the lives of the congregations, shepherding them and speaking to them by his word and Spirit.

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