Among the kings of Israel, none was so revered and exalted as David. However, Peter explained that there is a King who has done something that David never did—He ascended on high in order to pour out the promised Spirit on His people (Acts 2:32–34). The ascended Christ has secured and distributed the greatest blessings that anyone could ever receive in this world.
When I was a boy, an exceedingly famous musician befriended our family. This individual would sometimes come to our home when passing through our town, and it was always a treat. In my late twenties, I reconnected with this person over a meal at a restaurant in Philadelphia. As we sat at the table together, I noticed everyone in the restaurant was looking at us and whispering. It was then I realized a certain notoriety and privilege had been given to me because of my friend’s high social status.
Though it pales in comparison, I have often thought that this illustration, in some small sense, serves to highlight the great privilege believers have on account of the ascension and exaltation of Jesus to the right hand of the Father. No one has ever attained a more exalted state than that of the ascended Son of God.
The Scriptures often speak of the importance of the Son sitting at the right hand of the Father, the place of highest authority and power. In Psalm 110, the psalmist foretold the ascension of the righteous King:
This is the declaration of the LORD to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies Your footstool” (Psalm 110:1).