The Feast of Firstfruits is significant because it always occurs on Sunday of Passover week, and it always thanks God for the harvest that is yet to come!
Maybe you are one who thinks you have nothing to look forward to or that your life is not worth anything, but that’s not true. Perhaps you feel alone and empty inside, and you actually think your life has no value. Or, your feelings tell you that you are not worth anything to God, but that is not true. Anyone who repents of their sins and believes in Jesus Christ has so much of God’s goodness to look forward to:
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept” – 1 Cor. 15:20
Christ, Himself is the Firstfruits of “them that slept” or of those who died fully believing in His death and resurrection. These will live again.
You and I, and all that are in Christ, have so much to look forward to.
“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” – 1 Cor. 15:23
By way of biblical typology, the first ripe sheaf of the Kingdom of Heaven is Jesus Christ, and He is looking forward to many, many more sheaves! He is the Firstfruits of them that sleep, and according to the Word of God, all that are Christ’s shall be resurrected at His coming in the rapture of His church:
“16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” – 1 Thess. 4:16-18.
The Hope of Firstfruits is the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is alive. He is risen from the dead!
Happy Resurrection Sunday.
Here is a link to our message: The Hope of Firstfruits.
Good Friday is “Good” because Jesus Christ is God, and the Bible says that there is “no one good, no not one” except Him because “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” “Only God is good” and mankind’s heart is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” Because no one can save himself or herself or “keep alive his own soul,” God’s “goodness” “leads us to repentance” of our sins and faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Good Friday is good because the Gospel is the “Good News.”
God the Father sent God the Son to die on the cross for our sins to give us His grace by faith in Christ which is “according to His good pleasure.” Jesus Christ rose again from the dead on the third day according to the “good Word of God.” He is risen. He is alive. He has proved that everything He has said about Himself is true. God the Father is good, for “there has not failed one Word of His good promise” because “good is the Word of the LORD.” God’s “good Word toward you” is “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” – “hear Him.” He is the Living, Incarnate Word.
Let us be those who “receive seed on the good ground” and are “such as hear the Word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” If you believe, God will “comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work,” and if you “have tasted the good Word of God,” then you will know “that the Lord is good.” You will believe that Christ’s death on the cross on “good Friday” proves what God declares about Himself: “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth” – Exodus 34:6. It is He who sacrificed His Son on the cross for our sins, so we could be forgiven of our sins, be granted the gift of eternal life, receive the promise of the Holy Spirit, and be conformed into the image of His Son. Why does He do this? It is because He is God “and His “Words are true,” and He “has promised this goodness” to all who will call upon Him in truth and believe that the “goodness of God endures continually.”
“Behold, therefore, the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness: otherwise you also shall be cut off” – Rom. 11:22.
Happy, Good Friday. Christ died for you and rose again form the dead. He is alive. Repent and believe the Gospel.
Passover is a 3,500 year-old Jewish tradition commanded by God to commemorate God’s gracious intervention when He chose to deliver and redeem Israel through the blood of the lamb. By God’s gracious hand, the Jewish people are still celebrating this great work of God. Israel has survived the Pharaohs, the Hamans, the Hitlers, and the Ayatollahs of this World. God has preserved His chosen people throughout all generations.
Yet, Passover is not only about the prince, shepherd, and a mere human redeemer called Moses and the lambs that were slain to save Israel from the judgment of God upon Egypt and all of her gods, but the Jewish Passover is also about the Messiah the Prince of Israel and the King of the Jews. The Passover is about the Good Shepherd who gives His life for the sheep and the Redeemer who redeems His brethren from their hopelessness, tears, pain, slavery, and bondage to sin, Satan, and the world. The Passover reveals the One Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – Yeshua of Nazareth who is the Messiah of Israel. Happy Passover! Yeshua of is ALIVE!:)
Share the Gospel.
Share Christ with everyone you can through your social media platforms.
Take social media over with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and pray for God’s mercy over our country. Seek the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation for the lost, healing for those who are sick, power to become more and more like Him, and for His protection. Get on your knees and seek Christ.
If you don’t know the Gospel of Jesus Christ, here it is in Paul’s own words:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.”
1) “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures”
2) “And that he was buried”
3) “and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”
4) “And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
I pray the Holy Spirit will reveal His Gospel of the grace of Christ to your heart.
Share these four truths of the Gospel – what Paul the apostle preached all over the 1st century world.
All those who repent of their sins and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be saved from eternal conscious damnation in hell, be forgiven of their sins, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and have Hope in the God of HOPE.
Jesus Christ is our great God and Savior, and He is our Hope. Eternal life and forgiveness of sins are only found in Christ Jesus. May all who know Him, seek Him and share Him.
“Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” – Mark 4:38.
The disciples thought they were going to drown. The storm that raged upon the Sea of Galilee had overwhelmed them and gripped their sailing vessel in its power. As they leaned upon their own understanding, they concluded that they were goners!
“The waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.” From a merely human perspective, the loss of all life was certain.
The disciples panicked, and so would I. They were powerless against the great storm of wind; they were weak and insufficient – there was nothing they could do. Their own power, strength, and wisdom proved deficient. However, one man on the boat was at peace – sweet, restful, peace. Astonishingly, He wasn’t afraid. He wasn’t panicking. During the storm, He slept. The Carpenter took a power nap, while the fishermen panicked. How is this possible?
Undisturbed rest in the midst of vehement storms is remarkable – it’s a miracle. It’s peace that passes all understanding. It’s supernatural. Peace…
Jesus has it; I want it.
“Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” – Phil. 4:6-7.
Why was Jesus asleep? He was asleep because He wasn’t afraid. He wasn’t afraid because He possesses the power over the wind and the sea, He can walk on water, in Him all things hold together, and He upholds all things by the word of His power.
Nothing has changed.
God has all power.
God has a plan and purpose for all things, for we read in the Word of God: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” – Romans 8:28. I believe the Word of God; therefore, I have hope.
Our current pandemic is monstrous and fearsome to many, yet the God of Jacob – the LORD of Hosts and God of the Bible – makes “all things” work together for good to all who love Him and are the called according to His purpose and glory. God’s purpose is for you and I to love Him and believe in His Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again from the dead the third day according to the Scriptures. After His resurrection He was seen by over 500 people; Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, and He is alive and well! God’s purpose is for you and I to repent of our sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and live for His glory through loving and serving others in the power of the Holy Spirit (beginning in our own homes) and becoming more and more like Jesus in our hearts through fellowship with Him. When we repent, believe the Gospel, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit into our hearts, we are assured of His plan to make “all things work together for good” in our lives whether in sickness or in health.
God has promised. Hope in God.
God bless you.
“For we have not received the Spirit of bondage again to fear, but we have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry, ‘Abba Father'” – Romans 8:15
It is not time to be afraid; it is time to turn to God by faith in Christ.
God wants to be your “Abba Father” – He wants to be in fellowship with you through His Son Jesus Christ. Fellowship with God happens when you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ: His death on the cross for our sins, His burial, and His resurrection from the dead on the third day. Once you repent of your sins and believe this Gospel, God becomes Lord of your life – Luke 6:46, you become His friend – John 15:14, and you become a slave to righteousness instead of to sin – Romans 6:18, 22. All this is made possible by His grace – His marvelous, abundant grace.
Cry out to God, dear friend. Don’t be dangled by the tether of man’s schemes and powerlessness over the abyss of fear, worry, and conjecture. Rest your heart solely on the Rock of Christ Jesus – the immovable foundation of truth, soberness, and wisdom.
According to the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Trump Peace Plan will be implemented/enforced upon the “Palestinians.” He declared, “Whether they accept it or not, it’s going to happen. It’s going to happen once we complete the mapping process which we have begun in earnest.”
This is a very interesting statement; according to the Prime Minister the dividing of land of Israel is already in process.
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God’s Word clearly states that the Land of Israel is not to be divided:
I will also gather all nations, And will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, And will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Parting the land of the Nation of Israel is a crime against the LORD God of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ. Though the ancient prophet Joel spoke of the coming Tribulation period, the truth of the matter is that our administration has succeeded in convincing Israel to accept this Peace Plan, and according to Israel’s own Prime Minister there will be an official division of the land which, as expressed in the proposal, will lead to the recognition of a future Palestinian State and an American embassy to Palestine in East Jerusalem as a result. We shall see.
In the meantime, let us watch, be spiritually alert, be faithful to pray, and remain in close fellowship with Jesus our Lord.
Now, let me state that I love my president and my country; I am grateful for the nationalism and pride our Commander-in-Chief demonstrates, daily. However, I am not going to ignore what the Scriptures teach about the last days of planet earth, Israel, and our Blessed Lord’s Return!
Are we in the Tribulation known as the 70 week of Daniel? No, I do not believe that we are; however, is this peace plan another stepping stone and puzzle piece of God’s prophetic plan for Israel and the world toward the ultimate covenant of peace in the Middle East that will be brokered by the antichrist at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week? Absolutely – it is a stepping stone… for sure – like Clinton’s Oslo, Bush’s Road Map to Peace, Kerry’s attempts, etc. Let me be clear: I do not say this is it. It is a stepping stone – another proof of the prophetic truth that will be revealed and fulfilled at the proper time.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the One who is in total control of world events; it is to Him I bow, love, worship, and praise. He is God the Son, and He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead according the Scriptures, and was seen by over 500 people – He is alive. If you will repent of your sins and believe in Christ, you will be saved from Hell and death and receive forgiveness, the Holy Spirit, and eternal life – Romans 10:9-10.
God bless you.
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” – Jude 20-21.
Be so built up in Christ that it is impossible for you to fall away.
Your faith in Christ is the foundation upon which you, the believer (through the power of the Holy Spirit), become more and more like Jesus Christ.
This is “building up yourselves on your most holy faith” – remain strong in your faith in Christ Jesus our Lord who lived as God in the flesh performing all His miracles and teaching all His doctrines as God in the flesh.
He died on the cross for our sins, He was buried, and He rose again from the dead the third day.
Jesus Christ is alive.
Live for Him.
Don’t fall away…