Q. I have a question about Acts 7:56 when Stephen was being stoned and heaven opened up and he saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God. In another teaching I was listening to the teacher implied that it meant something that Jesus was standing and not sitting. I’ve looked this up and gotten a few different explanations. I’d like to know what you think about this.
A. The real issue here was that Stephen testified to the High Priest and the Jewish Sanhedrin (ruling body) that he could see Jesus at the right hand of God. This confirmed a statement that Jesus had made about Himself in Matt. 26:64, causing the High Priest to call for His execution. I think whether He was standing or sitting is immaterial. His presence at God’s right hand showed that He had told them the truth about being the Son of God, and they were wrong in sentencing Him to death.