It is Saturday. Jesus lays in the silence of the tomb after his crucifixion on Good Friday. There are many reasons given for why we call it ‘Good.’ I want to offer one more.
There are three major turning points in God’s word. The first is in the beginning, God created – and all his creation was pronounced as ‘good.’
The crucifixion of Jesus is the second turning point. You can almost think of it as the middle of God’s story with the last being his return and the second creation which will once again be ‘good.’
Why is Jesus’ death ‘good?’ Once again, God created, and it was ‘good.’ He created the way we can be restored in relationship with God through salvation and sanctification paid for by the blood of Jesus on the cross.
After his first creation, God rested. So, it’s fitting that after this second and just as important creation, God would once again rest.
So, on this Saturday, Jesus, God rests.
I wish I could take credit for this concept, but I can’t. Andrew Peterson wrote a song that captures this rest after God’s second creation in this song…