Jewish priests couldn’t sit down on the job. For thousands of years, a chair was not even permitted in the tabernacle or temple. God’s intent was to forever imprint on the Jewish mind the image of ongoing work, unfinished business. (Hebrews 10:11,12)
Israel never felt that their sins were completely hidden from the eyes of God. There were always more sins to atone for, more sins to cover. And the priest was continually standing, offering the same animal sacrifices over and over.
Then came Jesus, who did the unthinkable, he offered the sacrifice of himself, once, and then sat down at the right hand of God. The signifiance of this is astronomical. For the first time in human history, a priest who had offered a sacrifice for sins was sitting down on the job! (Hebrews 1:3)
Christ is seated right next to God, and they both know full well that all sacrifice for sins is over. So the question is this: What are we doing with regard to our sins? Are we suffering from the Martha Syndrome, running around the kitchen, trying to get things clean and get things right for Jesus? Or are we like Mary, resting at the feet of Jesus, relaxing in a seated position with him (Luke 10:38-42)?
The work is finished. We are forgiven. We are cleansed. And how we respond to this truth changes everything.