You are living in an eternal, perpetual sabbath rest!
Genesis 1:31 – 2:3
“God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased. Evening passed and morning came – that was the sixth day. And so the whole universe was completed. By the seventh day God finished what he had been doing and stopped working. He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day, because by that day he had completed his creation and stopped working.”
The Sabbath is not the result of a tired God needing to take a break from the business of creating. The Sabbath is a celebration! It is the result of God’s evaluation of what He’s made: that it is very good, and that, in it, He is well pleased. This estimation is cause for great celebration! God not only began creation, but He saw it through to it’s completion! [Phil. 1:6] Not only did the Creator author a masterpiece, but He finished it! [Heb. 12:2; Eph. 2:10]
The Sabbath is God’s celebration of the perfection and beauty of what He’s made! It is the Rest that facilitates His enjoyment of all He’s done – because in it He is well pleased!
And this Sabbath goes well beyond the pages of Genesis 1 & 2. What God had done in Adam, He has superseded in what He’s done in Christ [Rom. 5:15]. For in His Son, He was re-creating the world, and reconciling it back to Himself [2 Cor. 5:19].
The sacrifice of Christ restored mankind to it’s original design: beautiful perfection. It was enough. God declared once again, over all of humanity, through His Son, “It is finished.” This is the Creator’s estimation of His creation once again; that it is very good, and that, in it, He is well pleased! What God declared in the beginning, He has declared again, once and for all time, through the life of His Son.
Through the Incarnation of Christ, all of mankind is identified and defined by their inclusion in Christ. And God is at rest, fully pleased and eternally satisfied, with what His Son has done! And so is He at rest with you and me!
God is in an Eternal Sabbath rest! And so are we!!
“For whoever receives [by faith] that rest which God has promised will rest from his own work, just as God rested from His.”
We don’t enter into a Sabbath rest because now God is doing all the work for us. No, it’s shocking but, God isn’t tirelessly laboring to perfect you. He isn’t meticulously working behind the scenes to secure your salvation. He isn’t striving over you, laboring over you.
No, we don’t rest because God has now taken over all of the work. We stop working because God has stopped working!! We rest because God just went ahead and did it all on our behalf, He has already perfected us in His Son, and now He has ceased from His labors!
God is living in an eternal, perpetual Sabbath! He is perfectly satisfied in His Son and His creation has been perfectly saved and perfectly reconciled back to Him – and now He is resting from His labors, from His efforts – because there’s nothing left for Him to do. His Son did it all – it was ENOUGH! All that’s left is to ENJOY what has already been perfected. And we too have ceased from our own efforts – what could we possibly add to what Christ has already done? What could there possibly be left to do except REST and ENJOY? God has ceased from His effort – and so have we!!
“So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.”
Jesus did it all, and then He rose in the newness of humanity’s perfection and HE SAT DOWN. What?! He sat down!! Right there at Papa’s right hand. Just went ahead and pulled up a blanket next to Papa on the beach of perfection and sabbath rest. And He has pulled us, not only into His perfection, but into His sheer pleasure and enjoyment of that perfection! We get to Sabbath – to celebrate – with God forever the beauty and innocence of His completed work in humanity!
Oh friends, it’s such glorious, outrageous, scandalous news! But it’s the best news out there!! Pull up a blanket today, tip back your head and open wide your heart, and join your Papa in drinking in the beautiful view that is YOU!