“Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest,
one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.”
(Hebrews 8:1, ESV)
Jesus’ role as both king and priest is seen in this verse, as he is presented as a high priest who has been seated at God’s right hand. The priesthood of Jesus is a major theme in Hebrews 7, and in chapter 8 that theme is continued, although the allusion to Psalm 110:1 in this verse also reminds the reader of the kingship of Jesus. As such, Jesus is shown to be the king and priest to whom Psalm 110 looked forward.
Hebrews 8:1 sets up the discussion of the tasks Jesus performs as high priest. This priest sits at God’s right hand and serves in the true tabernacle. As Hebrews 1:3 developed, Jesus was enthroned after finishing his duties as priest. The fact that Jesus sat down is significant because in the ancient world sitting was frequently understood as a mark of honor or authority. It is also significant that Jesus is continually in the presence of God, which facilitates his role as the perfect high priest.