Day of First fruits and Resurrection day (3)
Resurrection Day, on which Jesus rose from death, is a memorial to commemorate God’s great power. In the Old Testament times, this day was known as the Day of Firstfruits. It is a sacred feast of God celebrated on the day after the Sabbath following the Feast of Unleavened Bread [Lev 23:9-14]. The Church of God celebrates the Resurrection Day on the date specified in the Bible. On this day, the Church of God breaks bread that God promises will open our spiritual eyes. Let’s correctly understand the Day of Resurrection,so that we can celebrate the feast and keep it holy.
Origin of the Feast
When the Egyptian army chased the nervous Israelites, God allowed them to cross the Red Sea under His protection, even though they were so terrified. God put the divided Red Sea back in its place. And the Egyptian army that had pursued them was consumed by the water. God commanded the Israelites to commemorate the day when they landed on the other side of the Red Sea. It is because God wanted them to remember God’s great power revealed on that day. This is the origin of the Day of Firstfruits [Ex 14:26-31].
Firstfruits and Resurrection day
As God had commanded, the priests were to wave a sheaf of the Israelites’ first grain before the LORD on the day after the Sabbath – the first day of the week – so that God would accept their offering. (Leviticus 23:10-12)
Here, the first grain – the firstfruits – stands for Christ, who was raised from the dead as the firstfruits of those who had fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
The offering to be presented on the Day of Firstfruits, a sheaf of the first grain, was to be brought to God on the day after the Sabbath – That is, Sunday. The firstfruits stand for Christ. Therefore, it is only logical that Resurrection Day, the day Jesus rose from death, would be on Sunday, the day after the Sabbath.
Mark 16:2-6 Very early on the first day of the week, ………. He has risen! He is not here.”
The Day of Firstfruits is the shadow of Resurrection Day. As the Day of Firstfruits was celebrated on the day after the Sabbath, Sunday. So Resurrection Day is to be celebrated on Sunday, in fulfilment of the prophecy. Therefore the Day of Firstfruits, Resurrection Day, is celebrated on Sunday every year. By rising from the dead as the firstfruits of those who had fallen asleep, Jesus became the true offering of the Day of Firstfruits, belonging to the sevens feasts in three times.
Matthew 27:52-53 ………… many holy people who had died were raised to life……, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city ……….
In those days, the holy people,saved through the gospel, became the ripe grains of the wheat harvest. Today, we have become the ripe grains of the last autumn harvest [Ex 23:16].
The word “firstfruits” reveals its meaning. On the day after the Sabbath, the Israelites brought a sheaf of the first grain to the priest. And the priest waved the sheaf before God so that it could be accepted on behalf of the people [Lev 23:9-11]. On the same day, in the New Testament times, Jesus gave bread to two disciples who were traveling to a village named Emmaus. After the disciples broke the bread given by Jesus, their spiritual eyes were opened, and they recognized Him [Lk 24:13-35].