“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
Where do I start today? There is so much that could be said. But I am going to focus primarily on the Feast of Firstfruits. If you're anything like me this is probably something you haven’t heard much about. However, the significance of the timing of this festival is incredible. God told Moses to tell the Israelites that when they entered the Promised Land and harvested their crops, they were to celebrate by bringing the firstfruits to the priest. He would then wave the sheaf before the Lord to be accepted on their behalf. This was done after the Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is important to note that this was not after the High Sabbath but rather the weekly Sabbath. Thus this was always done on the first day of the week.
Now we have the women, including Mary Magdalene and others, coming to the tomb on the first day of the week, and finding the tomb empty. Christ was risen, the first of the harvest of those who have fallen asleep. Christ was the firstfruits just as 1 Corinthians 15:20 tells us. Just as we were made dead to sin in Christ, so we were made alive in Christ. This was a day of triumph.
Throughout scripture, God continually used this time of the year to demonstrate a renewed hope for His people. This was true for the nation of Israel, and now it is true for all who trust in Him as their source of Salvation.
Questions for Reflection:
- Do you face issues in your life that seem impossible to overcome?
- Are you willing to trust in the power and love of Jesus who overcame death itself to be our Firstfruits?
- Finally, are you willing to proclaim the hope you have in Him?
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HE IS RISEN!!!