To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:21-22) NIV
Jesus is coming one day to rule the Earth, and at that time true believers will reign with Christ on that day (Revelation 20:4). In fact, at some point in the future we will also rule over not just humans, but we will be responsible for judging angels (I Corinthians 6:2-3).
Notice here that the promise of rule alongside Christ is a promise pertaining to the still future. Christ’s own rule at the throne of His Father, on the other hand, is mentioned in the past tense, as something that has already taken place. This happened immediately following His ascension. According to Mark’s gospel:
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signsthat accompanied it. (Mark 16:19-20)
Likewise, the writer of Hebrews, says this about Jesus in one of his descriptions of His priestly duties:
But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. (Hebrews 10:12-13)
Christians need to rejoice that Jesus has already sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For He has ultimate power over the world and He is our friend. We can look to Him with faith and hope, even while we suffer on Earth, knowing that it will not be long until “his enemies” will “be made his footstool” and he will give us the right to sit with Him on His throne.