“God Resting on the Seventh Day” (19th Century German Engraving)
This is the account of the heavens and the earth
in the day when they were created.
Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.
Carrying his own cross,
he went out to the place of the skull
(which in Aramaic is called Golgotha),
and here they crucified him.
Knowing that all was now completed,
Jesus said, “It is finished.”
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed
in all their vast array.
So on the seventh day,
he bowed his head, gave up his spirit,
from all his work.
Blessed is the man who does this,
who keeps the Sabbath
without desecrating it.
Blessed are the dead
who die in the Lord from now on.
They will rest from their labor,
for their deeds will follow them.
These I will bring to my holy mountain—
all who keep the Sabbath
and hold fast to my covenant—
and I will give them joy
in my house of prayer.
(Gen. 2:1, 2, 4; Isaiah 56:2, 7; John 19:16-18, 28, 30; Rev. 14:13)