“In Joseph’s Tomb” The Grave the Sabbath Rest of Jesus “At last Jesus was at rest. The long day of shame and torture was ended. As the last rays of the setting sun ushered in the Sabbath, the Son of God lay in quietude in Joseph’s tomb. His work completed, His hands were folded in peace, He rested through the sacred hours of the Sabbath day.” “At last Jesus was at rest” ‘Rest’ for God, is not lying still, dead still, doing nothing. His ‘rest’ for God and for his Christ, is Work, the Act – the Divine Work and the Divine Act –, of (1) “the Exceeding greatness of his Power which He Worked”; which He worked, in “Finishing / Completing” – in “Perfecting” – “all the works of God”, Hb4:5; (2) in “Finishing / Completing” – in “Perfecting” – “all the works (of God) which He had made / availed” – i.e., the Feat or Glory of His “accomplishment” which He had ‘worked’, Gn2:2; (3) also in “Finishing / Completing” – in “Perfecting” – “all His works which God created, and made” – i.e., the created universe, Gn2:3, “Finished”, is how God in Christ, ‘rested’. ‘Work’ and ‘Rest’ for God, are not synonymous; for God, His ‘Rest’, is the superlative of His ‘Work’. The ‘rest’ of God of and on the Seventh Day was The Finishing of His Finishing of the Works of God— to lie “in quietude in Joseph’s tomb” could not be it. Therefore the grave was Jesus’ ‘rest’, not yet! His ‘Rest’, would be Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead! The grave, and especially the tomb of Jesus, is the symbol of ‘finished’ in the sense of kaput, nihil, the point of no return; it is the token of the dead and of death— “corruption”; death, which is “the wages of sin” – especially in the case of Jesus, who “bare our sins”. One’s tomb is the token of and seal upon his failure. It is a place of no quietude, but a place haunted by feasting devils. In graves the hyacinth does not grow; it hosts no goddess be she Serenity (‘Peace’); the fear of the grave drives out ‘rest’. The grave holds victory! Worshippers of satan frequent graves for worship, because the grave has swallowed up life. For sooth, were it not for our Lord Jesus Christ and for his Triumph! He is the Risen; He has conquered: not in, the grave, but from, the grave, Glory Alleluiah! Therefore Christ ‘rested’ “when God” rested “when He raised Christ from the dead”. God rested, and, Christ the Saviour, then, rested. “For He that is entered into His Rest, as God He indeed from His Own works ceased.” Hb4:10. The Son as the Father rested when “Suddenly there was a great earthquake, and the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came, and rolled away the stone from the door.” Now, “sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb!” For “Then shall be brought to pass that is written: Death is swallowed up in Victory.” “And I saw a Lamb stood on mount Zion, and with Him, hundred and forty four thousand!” “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where, thy, victory”, now? “Thanks to God who gave us Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” His “labour (was) not in vain!” At last Jesus was at rest; Jesus Christ rested in resurrection from the dead.