Easter, First Fruits and Death

Dr. Lively talks about the overlap of traditional Christianity with Messianic Judaism during Holy Week, particularly Easter and the Feast of First Fruits, and the special significance of their celebration during the Covid-19 Pandemic when the world is gripped by the fear of death, in that Jesus Christ became the first fruits from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:20) and in doing so conquered death itself.

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Leviticus 23:10-12: “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.”

1 Corinthians 15:12-23: “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain….But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”

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