I pray everyone has enjoyed a wonderful Resurrection Sunday. The thing I love about Resurrection Sunday is that it wasn’t a typical Sunday. I don’t say that because Jesus rose from the dead, even though that is not typical in the least. However, the particular day had a significance of its own, which Jesus fulfilled after Passover on a holiday called Firstfruits.
Firstfruits is a day that celebrates the beginning of spring (new life) and begins the counting of the omer, the time between Passover and Pentecost. The lesson is simple; if God provided a spring harvest, He would most certainly supply the later harvest. Therefore, an offering was given during this celebration, a wave offering of barley, acknowledging God’s provision for His people and His sovereignty over the earth.
Romans 8:28-30 LSB “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.29 Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers;30 and those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified; and those whom He justified, He also glorified.”
Jesus is the firstborn or firstfruits of all those who believe. Jesus’s resurrection on Firstfruits symbolizes our new life in Him and the joining of Jew and Gentile together through Him. Jesus is the fulfillment of every Old Testament prophecy. He is the Lamb we celebrate at Passover, the reason we are blessed to be a blessing, the giver of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost, and He is the soon coming King.