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.