It is Finished - Hebrews 10:11-18

After discussing how Jesus put an end to sacrifices (Heb. 10:1-10) the author of Hebrews now turns attention to the priests. In the days of the Old Testament the priests had a very dirty job. Their responsibilities included killing animals for sacrifices. It was bloody and messy. But, it was also a very important job. The priests stood as mediators before God and humans.

The author of Hebrews describes the monotonous job of the priests. Day after day the priests stood before God and killed animals, sacrificing them. And never, not once, did any of those sacrifices take away sin. (Sin is forever only taken away by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.) Think of what it would have been like to be a priest. Priests stood as mediators between God and mankind, and they were reminded of sin daily as they sacrificed animals.

Jesus Christ, however, is very different. He serves as our High Priest. Jesus made one sacrifice and He sat down (v. 12). If you read through the descriptions of the tabernacle and temple given in the Old Testament you will find that there are no chairs or benches. The priests stood all day. There was no place to sit because their job was never done. Look at the picture the writer of Hebrews paints here. Priests never sat. They continually offered sacrifices. But Jesus made one sacrifice and He sat down. It was finished. His one sacrifice covers all sin for all who believe.

Thoughts to Ponder
In light of this description of Jesus as High Priest, think of Jesus’ last words: “It is finished.” Never before in the history of man had there been an end to sacrifices. But with Jesus’ death the sacrifices were brought to an end. They were a mere shadow of what Jesus did on the cross.