What’s so Special about Christ’s Right Hand?

Revelation 2:1

While writing my book Letters from Jesus, I discovered a lot of gems in scripture. Some of these were hidden in the introductions Jesus gives his letters to the seven churches. Consider this introduction from his letter to the church in Ephesus:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. (Rev. 2:1)

This is a truly remarkable picture of Jesus. But what does it mean?

Jesus takes a selfie

If the Bible is an art gallery, the Revelation letters are a special wing containing seven portraits of Jesus. These portraits are found at the beginning of each of the seven letters, and each is a treasure.

For starters, each is a self-portrait painted by Jesus himself. We are not hearing about Jesus second hand, and we are not seeing him through the eyes of another. This is Jesus revealing Jesus using word pictures found nowhere else in the Bible.

In the first portrait, we see Jesus holding seven stars. The seven stars in the Lord’s right hand are the angels or leaders of the seven churches (see Rev. 1:20). In scripture, those who teach the gospel of righteousness are called stars (Dan. 12:3), while false teachers are called wandering stars (Jude 1:13).

Why are the stars in his right hand? What is so special about that hand?

The right hand of God signifies his power and strength. “Your right hand, O Lord, is majestic in power,” sang Moses. “Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy” (Ex. 15:6).

Held by the right hand of God

In the Psalms, God’s right hand saves us, holds us, and shelters us (Ps. 17:7, 60:5, 63:8). His right hand is also the place of honor (Acts 2:33–34).

So when Jesus tells the seven stars or pastors that he is holding them in his right hand, he is saying, “You have nothing to fear, for I am holding you with my strong and mighty right hand.”

In truth, Jesus holds all of us in his mighty right hand (see John 10:28). He holds you and me.

So the next time you have some anxiety-inducing thought about whether you might stumble at the final hurdle and be lost, incline your ear to Jesus and hear what he says. He says this:

I’ve got you. You have nothing to fear. No one can snatch you from my strong and mighty right hand.



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10 Comments on What’s so Special about Christ’s Right Hand?

  1. Tony Johnson // August 27, 2020 at 9:30 am // Reply

    Thank you, Paul for this. Your writings are very much Holy Spirit inspired as through them you join Jesus in sharing words of eternal life. If this goes too far for you, and I think it might, then take it to mean that you help make plain his words that give eternal life. Blessings on Your Head, my friend.

  2. Tom NeSmith // August 27, 2020 at 9:41 am // Reply

    Spend personal time with God Himself and all doubts will be laid to rest. Taking one’s eye’s off the things of earth, which shows itself when time with God is not a todo list for God is a big help. But then, sometimes exasperation happens. He’s always patient and listens.

  3. Dr U Wörner // August 27, 2020 at 9:51 am // Reply

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  4. Stephen Meek // August 27, 2020 at 12:17 pm // Reply

    Jesus went to the Right Hand – on His ascension away from Darkness… After His rising out of Death; where he was fully Glorified. What is so special about the Right Hand? Jesus in the mode of Son is JE (EHJEH Asher EHJEH) in the mode of Father… is the only True Almighty – the Right Hand.

    And I am in that Right Hand. By nothing of myself yet, because JE choose me to come out of that same Darkness JE-sus ventured in to.

  5. There is peace in this truth for troubling times. Thank you

  6. What I see is: To stand in thanksgiving and praise, regardless of me doing wrong, As Have so many a time. To tell Father of the risen Son Jesus, our one and only mediator to Father, THANK YOU For taking away all sin from me by Son for me. Now what I just did and or thought, I trust you to teach me, and for me not to be proud of any right doing through me of me Father Son and You get all the credit

    Learning humility still, Thanks Paul. I Love where Paul states he has not learned all, is not perfect in Phil 3

  7. Whiti Emile // August 29, 2020 at 9:28 am // Reply


  8. Gentle, and direct Truth. Appreciate all your work! Thank you!

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