Approaching the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread, our thoughts are turned towards Israel’s great deliverance from slavery in Egypt and all that it means to us. Especially, the careful choice of a perfect lamb, the ‘painting’ of its blood on the doorposts and lintels of each home, and Yahweh’s promise that “…when I see the blood I will pass over you…” [Exodus 12:13]. Inevitably, our hearts turn towards Yahshua, whom John proclaimed as the ‘…the Lamb of Yahweh…’ [John 1:29]. It is remarkable that Yahweh laid out His plan for the redemption of humanity in such detail hundreds of years before it was due to happen. There were no fears it would be foiled; He has always been in complete control!
As part of the festivities, Israel was commanded to celebrate the firstfruits of that year’s harvest with a ceremonial sheaf; “…the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath” commanded Yahweh [Leviticus 23:11]. Known as ‘The Day of Firstfruits’, it is always commemorated on a Sunday. It thrills me that, even with a fixed day, Yahweh was able to predict the resurrection of His Son so absolutely. The feasts begin on different days of the week each year, depending where the date falls [as do birthdays]. Yahweh prearranged that the year His Son would die, the feast would begin in time for Him to have been in the grave for three days and nights when the Day of Firstfruits dawned; it’s electrifying!
The Bible is careful to tell us that the women who were first at the tomb went “Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise…” [Mark 15:2]. The apostle Paul confirms that Yahshua is the fulfilment of this day, stating He “…has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” [1 Corinthians 15:20]. The reality of the Resurrection is glorious!
On the Day of Firstfruits, let’s celebrate Yahshua’s mighty triumph over the grave, death, and hell. “In the living [Messiah] is the perfection of all beauty;” writes A.W. Tozer, “and because He lives, we, too, shall live in the presence of His beauty…forever.”