He Sat Down
Christ has ascended into heaven, and he sat down. Every hour at ten minutes to the hour, my watch will tell me to stand up if it has not recorded me standing for a minute in the previous hour. When sitting at a desk, working at a screen, or reading, we stand up and walk around to have a short break. However, to be seated means to be finished, no more work is to be done. Like sitting down after a long day outside on your feet the whole day, there is no more work to be done. The author of Hebrews explains Christ’s once for all sacrifice means he can now sit down;
“And every priest stands daily at his service, repeatedly offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God” (Heb 10:11-12).
There were no seats in the Tabernacle for the priests to sit down in. The priest’s tasks were not clerical in any sense of the word. There were not cubical set up in the Tabernacle. To the best of my knowledge, there were no forms to fill out. No one filled out form number 144 for the sacrifice made for those who had leprously. Their job was more like a warehouse worker who is constantly on their feet a day in and day out—making sacrifices, burnt offerings, or sin offerings. They would wake up the next day, and there were always more offerings and sacrifices to be made. Sin was constantly occurring, and therefore, sacrifices were always required. The task was never-ending, and they would stand daily offering repeatedly.
However, Christ is not standing, but he is sitting. The priests needed to stand the next day because the blood of bulls and goats can’t take away sins (Heb 10:4). They merely are types and shadows of Christ who was to come. A sign always needs to point until you reach your destination, and the sacrifices need to be made until Christ made his once for all sacrifice. Christ is seated in heaven, symbolizing Christ’s fulfillment of the sacrifice to satisfy the divine judgment. Not only the proof of this payment but also the ‘once for all-ness.’ He is seated because he does not need to make any more sacrifices. We praise God for his life, death, resurrection, ascension but also that he is sitting down. Christ’s words on the cross are accurate, with his once for all sacrifice it was finished (John 19:30). Therefore, he sat down.