We believe in Jesus Christ… who ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
“I have installed my King on Zion, my holy mountain.”
The whole human race has been in rebellion against God’s authority ever since Adam and Eve yielded to temptation in the garden of Eden. This rebellion is universal and implacable; and it reached its climax in the rejection and crucifixion of God’s Son Jesus (Acts 4:27). We hated the Son, because we hated His Father (John 15:23).
On the face of it, Jesus’ death was an ignominious defeat. The King came to His ‘capital city’ (John 12:12-15) – and was not merely turned away but was executed as an imposter and a blasphemer. In effect, they said, “We don’t want this man to be our king.” (Luke 19:14) And yet (in a backhanded kind of way) Jesus was proclaimed King even as He was hung up to die. “There was a written notice above Him, which read: This is the King of the Jews.” (Luke 23:38)
But God always has the last word – and indeed it had already been spoken, centuries earlier, in this psalm. At Calvary, Jesus was made King – not by men but by God’s appointment. His humiliating death was actually a resounding victory over the forces of darkness (Colossians 2:15). And because of His resurrection and ascension (Romans 1:4), we who believe in Him know that He is reigning in the heavens even now (Ephesians 1:20-22).