"So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work." (John 5:16-17).
The Jews observed the seventh day as Sabbath, for God rested on the seventh day. Now Jesus is saying God didn't rest, but he is still working till that very date. What does this mean? To understand this we must go back to Paul's statement.
"So dont let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbath. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality." (Col 2:16-17).
According to Paul the seventh day Sabbath is nothing but a shadow, the reality is Jesus. In the shadow God worked and rested on the seventh day but beyond the shadow, where reality lies, God was still working. Christ is the reality and based on Jesus' declaration, God was still working in the reality. In the shadow God has rested but in the reality He still works. When a person is coming behind a door you will first see his shadow before you see the real person. This is why the rest of the shadow came before the rest of the reality. Talking about what the shadow is Paul said;
"However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual." (1Cor 15:46).
The natural comes first before the spiritual. This is because the natural is the shadow while the spiritual is the reality. In the creation of the natural world God rested on the seventh day but in the spirit God was still working. He was busy creating something spiritual; He was creating the new creation.
"No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God, his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began." (1 Cor 2:7).
Since before creation, God has been doing a special work in a mystery. God would not unveil His work until He had finished it. This work would be established at Jesus' death, and this is why before Jesus died he declared, 'it is finished' (John 19:30). The work that God, before creation, has conceived in his mind to do, the work that He carried out in the spirit even after creation, is finally finished. At that moment the rest was accomplished and all that was left was to bring man into the rest.
"For only we who believe can enter his rest... For all who have entered into Gods rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world." (Heb 4:3,10).
The reality of Christ is the real Sabbath and we are the people brought into this eternal Sabbath. This Sabbath is not a day, it is an unending reality, and we are meant to celebrate this Sabbath.
"Observe the Sabbath day by to keeping it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work" (Exo 20:8-10).
"God spoke to Moses: “Tell the People of Israel, These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of God which you are to decree as sacred assemblies. “Work six days. The seventh day is a Sabbath... In addition to the Sabbath, these are the Lord’s appointed feasts"" (Lev 23:2,3,4).
The Sabbath is a holy day, a no-work day, but it is also a feast. It is the celebration of God's finished work. Apart from the seven day Sabbath there were other Sabbaths placed on the feast days, and they were called feast Sabbath (see Leviticus 23). In the Old Testament Sabbath was intertwined with festivals and feasting. God's finished work is meant to be celebrated. In Christ God has done it all, he has given us everything. He has given us the will and power to be righteous, he has given us wisdom, sanctification, holiness, blessings, power, and everything we would ever need.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ," (Eph 1:3).
"Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness." (2Pet 1:3).
It is indeed finished, we have everything, and all that is left to do is celebrate. Yes, celebrate that you have righteousness, you are the righteousness of God (2Cor 5:21). You have a wisdom greater than that of Solomon, for Christ himself is your wisdom (1Cor 1:24). All the blessings in heaven has been emptied and poured on you, there is nothing left to bless you with (Eph 1:3). You have power greater than all the prophet in the Old Testament combine, you have all of the fullness of the power of God (1Cor 1:24; Col 2:9; Eph 1:23). You are already an overwhelmer (1John 5:4). You are the richest person on planet earth, for you own all things (1Cor 3:21-22). You are joint heir with Christ, you have inherent the whole of creation (Rom 8:17). God (your father) had died and you have already inherited everything that belongs to him (Heb 9:16-17).
“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts." (Hag 2:8).
"For the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” (1Cor 10:26).
In fact, God has given you everything, there is nothing left to give. He has given you all that he is and all that he has. He has placed you on the throne with him, united you with Jesus whom he had given all authority and power in heaven and on earth. You are now sitting as king, ruling all of the cosmos, all of heaven and earth. What could be greater than this? This indeed call for celebration, there should be the greatest celebration in all of eternity. Yes, that is what you have been called into, an eternal feast, an unending celebration.
Don't just believe the finished work, celebrate it. Celebrate that you are a king, you are seated far above everything. Yes, everything is beneath your feet, you have power over all things, nothing can stand the power that you wield — for you wield Creator's level power. Celebrate this truth, drink, feast and merry. Spend the rest of your life celebrating, for this is the Christian life, this what you have been called into. As you celebrate faith will arise and usher you into the manifestation. So look at all the things Christ have done for you and rejoice. Yes, rejoice from now till eternity. It's finished, everything is finished. All the problems, all the worries, all the affliction, all the lack, it is all finished. You are now a king, sitting on a throne, dress in royal rob and glory.
This post is mostly extracted from my book, The Sabbath
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