What Jesus Stood Up For
Most of the references in the Bible have Jesus currently sitting at the right hand of God. There is only one in which He is seen standing. I believe He stood to welcome Stephen to paradise and I believe that Stephen then fell on his face at Jesus* feet.
Mark 16:19: So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Luke 22:69: Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
Colossians 3:1: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Hebrews 10:12: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Hebrews 12:2: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Acts 7:54: When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
When we meet someone we respect, we often rise to shake their hand. Sometime ago I heard a teaching that I believe to be true that Jesus stands to welcome each and every child of God to paradise and I believe they will all fall on their faces at His feet. If Jesus should stand to welcome each of us to paradise, we cannot imagine how glorious that will be. There will be another occasion when Jesus won*t be seated at the right hand of the Father.
1 Thessalonians 4:17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
We believers will either fall at the feet of the standing all-powerful Creator of everything or meet Him in the air. Either way will be glorious!
There is another possibility. Perhaps Jesus stood to watch and oversee the death of Stephen.
Psalms 116:15: Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.