A spiritual rest of faith in His grace is now available to every believer to receive all of God’s provisions due to the work Jesus did. Jesus, as our Substitute, has worked all the works of God and finished the work of our redemption from sin, satan, and the curse.
In the Old Testament the concept of rest was introduced with the Sabbath rest first by God at Creation where He blessed the seventh day (Sabbath), sanctified it, and rested because of a finished work (Genesis 2:2, 3). The Sabbath rest was brought under the Law God gave Moses (Exodus 16:25-30) and was a symbol of God’s Creation rest where after six days they were to rest on the seventh or Sabbath due to advance provision being made. On the sixth day He gave them the bread of two days (Exodus 2:29).
The concept of rest was developed further under Joshua in conquering Canaan’s Land, the land of promise, where God gave them rest from their enemies due to a defeated enemy Joshua 21:43-45. God announced in the Old Testament that there was going to come another day (another blessed day) that would make this rest available. That day was the day the Lord made for our redemption, which we know to be the day Jesus died and paid the full price for our freedom. Psalm 118:22-24 prophesied about that special day of our redemption when it said, “22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
This is the basis for the Christian’s rest which incorporates all three of these other concepts of the Sabbath. After that day of our redemption:
- A work would be finished.
- An advance provision would be made
- The enemy would be defeated.
The rest under Christ is not for one day in the week, but for a life available through faith. The law was just a shadow of good things to come (Colossians 2:16, 17). The Sabbath, under grace, knows no shadow.