It was customary for Israelites to make annual pilgrimages at least once a year to Jerusalem to sacrifice animals to atone for the sins they committed. They would place their hand on the head of the lamb or bull as a symbol of transferring their sins to that sacrifice. When Jesus died on the cross, the need to sacrifice animals stopped. He became one sacrifice for all of humanity. Your sins are forgiven.
but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET
Jesus only had to die once. It may sound silly reading that, but his death was enough for everyone. Nothing needs to be added. There are people who will preach that every time you sin, it is like crucifying Jesus all over again. That is not true. The power of Jesus’ resurrection was strong enough to cover all of your sins for your entire life. Push back on the evangelistic guilt. You don’t drive the nail into His hand each time you say something wrong. Once Jesus conquered death, He sat down at the right hand of God.
Jesus is just waiting for His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet. Isn’t that a great picture to imagine? Putting one’s foot on another person was not only a picture of victory but humiliation over a wretched foe. The enemies that Jesus will be conquering are those who have persecuted the church, celebrated their sins, and called wicked good. They have resisted His rightful place as the Lord of their lives. There will be a day when they are defeated and under His feet.
One Sacrifice for All
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Once you put your faith in Him, your life is radically transformed. Your sins are forgiven, the old life is replaced with a new one, and you are filled with the Spirit. That was all accomplished when Jesus declared, “It is finished.” Walk in that victory and let the peace and love of Christ consume you.