Summary: Christ has offered the perfect sacrifice for all time. There is no need for more.
If you’ve gone to a popular nightclub or a new restaurant, then you know about SRO – standing room only. SRO is an acronym used by some in the entertainment or restaurant business. If your franchise is in a state of SRO, that’s good. It means your establishment is packed to the gills.
The writer to the Hebrews discusses SRO –“standing room only.” He does so as he discusses the superiority of Christ. In this letter, the author convincingly argues for the superiority of Christ’s person -- he greater than the angels, the prophets, and the priests of Aaron’s order. Then he shows us that Christ’s priestly work is superior to that of the Aaronic pries in the Old Testament.
Jesus is superior and as a result there will be SRO – “standing room only.” Consider what St. John said about the crowd in heaven, the multitude of redeemed saints: “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.” SRO – “standing room only.”
What a blessed hope to have! One day we will stand with fellow believers before our glorified Savior. The reason is that Jesus Christ is our superior Savior. He makes it possible for heavenly STANDING ROOM ONLY. The reason is because of Christ’s faithful work. 1) Christ Jesus didn’t sit down on the job. The result is SRO. And the proof is further evident in our lives because 2) Christ has put up his feet. The result is SRO.
1) Christ Jesus Didn’t Sit Down on the Job
Everyone has had one of those days. You come home from work or school, and for whatever reason, you feel as if you’ve been on your feet all day long. I know for some of us that is a daily reality. If you’ve ever spent a good amount of time on your feet, you will feel it.
The Old Testament priests knew what it was like to stand all day long. They always stood while serving in the temple. God never invited them to take a seat and rest from their work. The Old Testament temple furniture included a table, a lampstand, an altar of incense, and the Ark of the Covenant behind a thick curtain. But there never was a chair. On returning home from working at the temple, an Old Testament priest would rightly say, “I’ve been on my feet all day.” If an Israelite ever saw a priest sitting down, it meant he wasn’t on the job. It was SRO – “standing room only” – for the priests.
The picture of rest was an important part of what we call the “old covenant”. The ceremonial and civil laws that God placed on the Israelites were stringent. And there were specific regulations as to how and when the people would find rest. Certain days were required days of rest for the people. There were specific periods of time when the people could not plant or plow their fields because the land needed to “rest.”
God’s intent was to get the people’s attention. He wanted them to understand the blessedness of rest. How good it is to cease from labor; to have a day off; or even just to have a 15-minute break when a person can sit down and get off his feet. But as a whole, the Old Testament priesthood never rested. That’s because their work was never done. The countless animal sacrifices they were obliged to offer never removed a speck of sin from a single heart. The daily slaughter at the temple would continue as long as sin continued – daily.