Uniqueness of the Sabbath – Day Three- Resting in the Garden

At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.  Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.                              John 19:41:41-42


Just as the Father rested on the seventh day after all His work was finished, so also did our Lord Jesus. On the cross when He spoke the words, “It is finished!” he bowed his head and began His Sabbath. Jesus entered into a Sabbath rest from all His work, and suffering. He passed beyond the limits of time and into the presence of the Father.

Just as God rested in the garden while He watched over Adam and Eve so Jesus rested in that garden tomb as He watched over the future salvation of every one of us. There was no more time for the earthly ministry of Christ. It had all been completed perfectly and at just the right time. He rested in that garden tomb waiting for the Spirit’s breath on the third day. How amazing was it then, that on the third day Mary Magdalene met Him, thinking that He was the gardener!

Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

   Robert Lowry

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