These two ideas are together. They can not be separated. One is the love of the other. The love of work is rest and the love of rest is work. The goal of rest is work and the goal of work is rest. The opposite of rest is not unrest. That is its negation. That is the abnegated, Christless, anxious, and exhausting world in which we live. That is the restless work of the dying world. The opposite of work is not laziness, that is its negation. That is the Fatherless, hungry, bored, and purposeless spinning of this world.
To finish work is to rest.
Jesus was sent to finish the work of his father. Jesus was sent to bring rest. Rest through obedience to the Father. Obedience which finishes His creation in man.
Only when the creation is good, is the work of the creator done. Until that day, work must go on. The Son finishes the work his Father started and continues to start. “My Father works unto this very day.” The perfection of creation was the seventh day. Then the perfect work of creation was corrupted by the rejection of the Father’s hand at the essential moment of love by the closed-fist of his child’s will. The same will—but emptied out and open, and given to Christ, which is but the receiving of that light yoke of obedence—which will perfect it again. The work of Christ is to finish the work of God, “so that the sower and reaper may be glad together.”
(John 4:32-38, 5:17)