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Feast of Firstfruits

Mac McCarthy

Mar 31, 2024

Bottom Line

Jesus is a foretaste of resurrection life.

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Fall Feasts:

  1. The Festival of Trumpets
  2. The Day of Atonement
  3. The Festival of Tabernacles

Spring Feasts:

  1. The Feast of Passover & Unleavened Bread
  2. The Feast of First-fruits
  3. The Feast of Weeks / Pentecost
The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the Lord a lamb a year old without defect, together with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter of a hin of wine. You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.
Leviticus 23:9-14

The shadow of The Feast of First Fruits has been fulfilled in Jesus.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Matthew 28:1-10
Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
1 Corinthians 15:20-23

Bottom Line

Jesus is a foretaste of resurrection life.

We are to be pink spoons that give people a foretaste of resurrection life.

We ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 8:23

When people encounter us, do they get a taste of resurrection life?

Action Steps

Prayer: Create some space this week to prayerfully reflect on the following:

  • Have I gotten a foretaste of Jesus yet?  
  • When people encounter me, do they get a taste of Jesus?
  • How might God be inviting me to be a foretaste with my family & friends, coworkers & neighbors?

Practice: Take a pink spoon and put it in a prominent place to serve as a reminder to follow and live like Jesus in your everyday life.