11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
The work of the priest was never done. Daily he had to offer sacrifices required by the law. Morning and evening the priests would perform their duties as they were told by God through Moses. There was also the numerous individuals who would come to the Tabernacle and then the Temple with their own personal sin offerings. Day after day, month after month, year after year this continued. All were reminded through the flow of blood as animals were sacrificed that their sins were detestable before a holy God and that the required sacrifices didn’t actually take away their sins. It was relentless, tiring, with no rest in sight. That is until Jesus came. When Christ suffered, died, was buried and rose again he made a single sacrifice that truly saved people from their sins and he rested from his work by sitting at the right hand of the Father. But that rest in his work was not for him alone, no that rest is provided for us for we are the objects of his salvation and the ones whom have been declared perfect. Because of the sacrifice of Christ for our sins has been made, we no longer have to bring a lamb to the Temple for our sins, nor do we have to go to an earthly priest as a mediator between us and God. The one act of Jesus was sufficient for all my sins – past, present and future – to be cleansed which means we can be assured of our salvation because it no longer depends on our merit, but it now rests in Christ’s final, finished, and full work on the cross. Let us rest now from our striving – rest in him, rest in the one who has declared you perfect, but also rest in the one who is making you more and more holy day by day; rest in him.