1. Apr, 2018

He has Risen

Today we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. We have celebrated Passover and as at the first Passover the people were rescued from their bondage by walking through their doorway and into their homes through the blood of the Passover Lamb. [Exodus 12:7] But today we have a new and living way [Hebrews 10:20] and that is by the blood of our Passover Lamb. [1 Corinthians 5:7] Then on the third day He arose to glory, [1 Corinthians 15:4] our first fruits from the dead. [1 Corinthians 15:20] The feast of first fruits, is a picture of the perfect One, the first fruits of the harvest are unmarked and without blemish. When Mary went to touch Him, Jesus said, “don't touch Me, as I have not yet presented myself to the Father.” [John 20:17] If she had been part of the burial group she would have been unclean and therefore made Him unclean. First Fruits is just that, unpolluted by the things of the world, as we are to be as we are also to be a type of First Fruits [James 1:18] unpolluted by the things of this world. We are to be holy as He is Holy. [Leviticus 11:44-45] The Cross was not the end as the Disciples thought at first, but it is just the beginning of a wonderful journey of discovery, discovery in knowing Him more and more each day of our lives.

On that first day of the week, when Jesus rose, the feast of First Fruits occurred and the start and direction of the journey we are on, a journey of unleavened bread, without sin. “For seven days you will eat bread without Leaven. This is my body given for you,” [1 Corinthians 11:24] The Lord was eating unleavened bread so therefore was saying He was without sin and the Perfect One and we are to do the same, “Go therefore and live the life I have demonstrated to you.” This is the direction the Lord has given us to place our feet on the narrow path. [Matthew 7:13-14]

The Feast of First Fruits is also the first day of counting the days until the coming of the Holy Spirit, [Leviticus 23:15-16] the One who will convict us all of sin. [John 16:13] The Feast of unleavened bread gives us the start we need to count down to that day. The cross was not the end but only the beginning of the new journey we are to follow. We are a type of first fruits set apart as Holy before the Lord as the Lord orders our steps. [Psalm 37:23] We have fifty days to prepare for the celebration of the coming of the power from on high and the first steps towards that event are pictured in walking without leavened bread, sin, in our lives.

 Blessed is the person who makes the Lord their trust, who does not look to the proud or to those who turn aside to false gods. Psalm 40:4