Wave Offering Sunday
“The Wave Offering day is the Sunday after Passover. It is not a Holy Day, but is a commanded Appointed Time and activity. It pictures the resurrection and ascension of the Lamb of God to become the first of the harvest and then to return to the earth for a short time before again ascending to be with God the Father until the time of His coming to rule the earth arrives.
Besides determining the Biblical New Year and the beginning of the spring harvest the Wave Offering was a prophecy of the sacrifice, resurrection and acceptance of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God
1. The sheaf was marked out at the time that Christ was buried on Passover day.
2. The sheaf was cut from the earth just after sunset ending the Sabbath and beginning Sunday the first day of the week; At precisely the same time that the sheaf of barley was cut from the earth immediately after the Sabbath; Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] Christ was resurrected to spirit.
3. Jesus then waited for the Wave Offering to be lifted up, to ascend to God the Father to be accepted by God for us as our High Priest.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Wave Sheaf Offering, although closely related; are two entirely different things and entirely different threads.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread uses the Calling Out and the Journey Out of Egypt and sin; to represent the spiritually Called Out and the resurrection to spirit on the sixth day of Unleavened Bread as the sixth day ends; and a millennial Sabbath of Rest with Pharaoh [Satan] seen nowhere on the earth for a thousand years:
On the other hand, the Wave Offering begins the harvest in Judea with Jesus Christ; AFTER they enter the land and begin the count of Sabbaths to Pentecost.
The Wave Offering is a new and entirely separate example for our instruction; and pictures Jesus Christ, the very Lamb of God, being resurrected and ascending to the Father “to be accepted FOR US”; as our High Priest and ONLY Mediator forever!
Let us turn then to John 20, “The first day of the week,” notice this is the first day of the week which is Sunday. And notice back in Leviticus 23, the waved sheaf is to be offered on the first day of the week, the day after the Sabbath being Sunday.
The Wave Offering is another appointed time which we are commanded to observe, besides the Passover and the New Moons. We are to assemble together and worship God.
If we assembled to learn of these things on the days that God has commanded, God would bless us with much understanding.”
(Excerpts from The Biblical Spring Festivals – Passover to Pentecost by James Malm)
For an excellent study about the Spring Festivals, their meanings and their allegories, see The Festivals Studies at our Biblical Studies Site listed in the side bar categories.
Jesus Is The Resurrection And The Life
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Jesus Christ, the Messiah was prophesied to come, the member of the Elohim who would give up His divinity and come to earth to live in the flesh as a man, who would live a sinless life and then be given over to evil men to be killed by them and that His death would pay for the sins of all those who come to Him in faith and repentance.
Our great merciful God was willing to do this so that men and women could have the opportunity to be forgiven of their sins, repent, and if they endure to the end go on to receive the promise of eternal life. Jesus was the Father’s only begotten Son that came to earth to become the Lamb of God as symbolized by the Passover Lamb, foreordained as such from the foundation of the world.
The Gospels Bear Record, so that We Might Believe
Jesus, the Lamb of God was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, beaten, spat upon, falsely accused, scourged and then nailed to a stake. After a few hours on the cross Jesus the Son of God died.
John 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Later in the chapter the apostle John wrote that he witnessed these things and that what he wrote in his Gospel was a true record that others could hear (or read) of these things and have opportunity to believe that Jesus truly is the Son of God. John declared that these things were fulfilled just as the Scriptures had foretold which was more proof that Jesus was who He said He was.
John 19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
This all happened on Passover in 31 A.D. beginning on a Tuesday night and then lasting throughout the day on Wednesday. The events of Jesus arrest, trial, scourging, crucifixion and then burial was all according to what had been prophesied in the Scriptures (Psalm 22:1-21, Psalm 41:9, Isaiah 50:6, Isaiah 53).
John further wrote of the events that followed just after Christ’s death on that fateful day and how He was placed in a sepulcher.
John 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
One of the disciples, Joseph of Arimathaea went to Pilate and asked if he could have the broken body of Jesus so that he could give Him a proper burial before sunset for this was the preparation day and no work could be done after sunset.
The First Day of Unleavened Bread was about to begin so the disciples would need to complete the work of taking the body of Jesus down from the stake, wrapping it in burial clothes and then placing the body in the tomb before sunset.
This did all of this just before the sun went down and then they left to keep the First Day of Unleavened Bread.
Mark 15:46 And he [Joseph of Arimathaea] bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. 15:47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
Luke 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. 23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
Thursday went by, then Friday came, another preparation day when the women bought prepared the spices and ointments.
Luke 23:56 And they [the women] returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
The third day was a regular Sabbath day which meant that Jesus was in the tomb for three full days just as He had said He would be (Matthew 12:39-40).
Witnesses of the Resurrection
Jesus, while He was here on earth [just like most people] had an inner circle of close friends of both men and women and they were an intricate part of His life and ministry.
Jesus called the twelve disciples who would later become the apostles, but there were many others beside the twelve that followed him.
Mary Magdalene was an exemplary example of how all of the called-out should be; if we have been called and have been liberated from bondage to Satan, miraculously delivering us from the kingdom of darkness, that like Mary, we should want to wholeheartedly obey God and follow Him withersoever He goes, ministering to Him and His work in any way we can.
Even though Jesus had taught His disciples that this was going to happen, none of them could grasp the full significance of what He had told them including Mary; and it was only after He had called out her name that Sunday morning that she began to understand what had actually taken place, a resurrection from the dead.
At that moment in the early hours of Wave Offering Sunday she understood the fact that Christ was not dead but had risen just hours before and at that point only she knew that this had happened. The coming of and the death and resurrection of the Lamb of God had been prophesied for ages and ages and here she was witnessing the reality of what had taken place.
Mary’s and the other women’s, (including Mary the mother of Jesus) love for Him overshadowed any kind of fear they may have felt from the soldiers and they chose to stay close to the cross as Jesus was dying.
They were completely helpless to change the events that were unfolding before their very eyes but they could at least give Jesus the comfort of their presence and they did not want to leave His side during His agony as awful as it was to watch. (John 19:25, Matthew 27:55-56, Mark 15:40, Luke 23:49)
After Jesus took His last breath and died, Mary Magdalene watched as Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took down Jesus’ body from the wooden cross.
Gently the men wrapped His body in burial clothes and placed it in the tomb and finally, as the stone rolled in front of the entrance to the cave sealing it shut, Mary had to turn away.
She went back home and later after the Holy Day helped to prepare the spices on that Friday and waited until very early Sunday morning when she could come back to do the final burial work.
The Good News ~ He’s Alive!
While it was still dark out, very early Sunday morning, Mary went back to the tomb carrying the spices that she had prepared on the previous Friday. She must have wondered how she would ever roll the heavy stone away that sealed the door for she had been close by watching on that Wednesday afternoon when the entrance was sealed (Mark 16:1-3).
When she arrived, to her amazement the stone had already been rolled away. She looked inside and could see strips of linen that were lying on the floor and the burial cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head folded up in a separate place.
Instead of believing that Jesus had come back to life, her first thought was “what had they done with His body and where had they taken it?” for it was not until she heard Jesus’ voice say her name that she recognized Him as the one standing right in front of her, the resurrected Jesus Christ.
John 20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved [John], and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
20:5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. 20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
20:8 Then went in also that other disciple [John], which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
Peter and John came and looked into the tomb but could see nothing but the head cloth and the burial clothes, then they left Mary there at the side of the tomb to grieve by herself and went back to their own home.
As she wept, she again went over to the sepulcher and looked in; this time she saw two angels dressed in white and they asked her why she was crying. “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
John 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
Then she turned and saw a man watching her and He, too, asked “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Mistaking the man for the gardener, she pleaded, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will to go to him and take him away.”
John 20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
And the man (for Jesus appeared to her as an ordinary man and not in His full glory yet) that she thought was the gardener said her name. “Mary” [Hebrew: Miriam].
And then, when she heard that familiar voice that she knew so well call out her name, she realized that Her Lord was not dead, but alive, and that He was standing right there in front of her talking to her. Startled, she cried out, “Rabboni” [Rabbi: teacher] and then reach out to embrace him but He had not ascended to God the Father to be accepted by Him yet [to be accepted as our atoning sacrifice and Wave Offering] and He told her that she must not touch Him.
John 20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
Jesus told Mary to go and tell the other disciples that He had been resurrected and was alive and about to ascend unto God the Father to be accepted by Him.
Mary was the first bearer of the Good News that Jesus was not dead but was now alive! Jesus, the one who had raised her from a living hell on earth tormented by seven demons, had Himself risen from the dead. Can we even begin to imagine what she must have felt?
No one in the whole world in all of history had ever witnessed what Mary had just witnessed; she was the first to see the Creator God, who was Jesus, after He had recently been resurrected from the dead and even before He had ascended to be accepted by God the Father in heaven.
There may have been other resurrections of men and women who had come back to life as physical beings; but this was the first instance of a human being that had died and had been resurrected to life as a Spirit Being; the Messiah who had been prophesied that was to come to redeem mankind from the death penalty as promised in the Garden of Eden.
Mary Magdalene was the first disciple to actually see that the resurrection had taken place and that even though Chris at had been dead He was now alive. Even though appearing to her as a man, He had come back to life as a Spirit Being, the first of the first fruits.
Mary was the one that Jesus commissioned to go and tell the other disciples what she had witnessed even though they would not believe her until He Himself appeared to them latter in the day after He ascended to heaven and had been accepted by the Father as the True Wave Sheaf Offering.
Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 16:10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 16:11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
After an angel told them Jesus had risen, they were on their way to tell Jesus’ disciples when they met the risen Christ. We have to study all four of the Gospels and put the Scriptures together to understand the proper sequence of events.
Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
28:8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 28:10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 24:2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 24:3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 24:5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
24:7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 24:8 And they remembered his words, 24:9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
24:10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
The resurrected Jesus had appeared, not to rulers and kings, not to the religious elites, not with fanfare and cheering crowds, but first to the womenn who only wanted to be there for Him, staying close as He was dying on the cross in spite of the hate-filled crowds and vile soldiers.
Their worship and adoration for the Christ brought them to the tomb where they thought they would be doing the final service of anointing his dead body with the spices and ointments.
There were other women who came to anoint the body of Jesus that day also. But Mary Magdalene, the disciple who had been miraculously healed herself from demonic torment, would be the first one to see the resurrected Christ and then testify of His appearing to her.
Yet God chose her to be the first witness and informant (Mark 16:9) of the Resurrection of Christ, the Lamb of God who came to die so that others could live again as well. Once again, God had revealed Himself to the humble and lowly rather than the powerful and important men of the day.
John 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
The Resurrected Christ in Heaven
It is apparent that Christ appeared to Mary and others on that day and during the next 40 days appearing as an ordinary man for their sake.
Approximately sixty years later when the apostle John was given the Revelation of Jesus Christ, John too saw Jesus; but what he saw was a vision of the Lamb in His full glorious state. Here is John’s eye witness account of what Jesus looks like now:
Revelation 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
When John saw him he was so overwhelmed that he fell down as if he had fainted away, but this Glorious Being kindly reached out and touched him and said, “do not be afraid, I am the first and the last [the Eternal One, with no beginning and no ending] I am ALIVE even though I was dead and BEHOLD [see and take notice], I am ALIVE FOREVERMORE and I have the keys of death and of Hades [I have absolute control and victory over death and hell].”
This passage shows us the power of the resurrection, this is what happens when one is changed from human flesh to a spirit being that radiates like the sun in full force. Job too talked about his “Change” that he was looking forward to after his time in the grave.
Job 14:13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
14:15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
And if this is what Jesus looks like now after His resurrection, this is what we will be like after we are resurrected.
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; [resemble Him] for we shall see him as he is.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
The Bible records for us that Christ went into the tomb as a dead body but he came out of the tomb as a living Savior and he is alive forevermore. What this means is that it is now possible for believers to some day have eternal life when the chosen are resurrected.
Because Jesus Christ was resurrected, we too can be resurrected. He is our pioneer, our trail blazer that went before us as our Wave Offerin, the first of the first fruits. He made the way possible and set the example for His faithful followers to follow in His footsteps.
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Peter’s Message on the Day of Pentecost
In the Book of Acts, we read that just after the public manifestation of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the disciples that were gathered on the day of Pentecost. Peter stood up and spoke to the public for they had seen the miraculous sights and sounds of the Holy Spirit [Shekinah Glory] coming down from heaven and they were asking and wondering what was happening and what could this all possibly mean.
The events that took place on the day of Pentecost provided a marvelous opportunity for the disciples to explain and teach about Jesus Christ, that He was the Messiah who was prophesied in the Law and the Prophets.
Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
2:19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darknness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
Acts 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
Acts 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
2:35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
This was Peter’s very first sermon beginning that Pentecost and what does he preach? He teaches on the death of Christ as the perfect sacrifice for sincerely repented sins and the resurrection of the dead, quoting from the Psalms in which David prophesies that the Christ would die but that His flesh would not see corruption, for He would be resurrected.
Peter went on to say that he and the other disciples were all witnesses to the fact that this prophecy had been fulfilled and also to the promise of the giving of God’s Holy Spirit to those who believe.
The crowd had just seen for themselves the evidence of the power of the Holy Spirit because of the miracle of speaking in many different languages by the disciples; people from many lands could hear the message in their own languages and they were astounded.
In Peter’s first sermon to the people on Pentecost, we see the hope of the resurrection within the prophecy of David which Peter quoted when he spoke of the death and resurrection of Christ. Peter quoted from Psalm 16:
Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Note that Peter’s inspired message that day contained the Gospel message of how one can come to God the Father through Christ. Peter explains the resurrection to the crowd and what the implications are for those who come to believe that Christ died and rose from the dead.
This sermon was so powerful that many in the crowd were convicted of their need to do something about their sins and asked what should they then do to be saved. Peter gave them the command of what they should do and three thousand people repented and were baptized that day.
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
The fact that the apostles were witnesses of Christ’s death and resurrection became the core theme of the preaching of the Gospel of Repentance and Salvation.
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
We see that a large part of the preaching of the Gospel was witnessing to the fact that Christ had lived, died and had been resurrected from the dead. Many Scriptures about the apostles’ preaching and teaching the way of salvation, prove that the account of Christ’s resurrection from the dead is foundational to that message.
It is not only the sinless life and sacrificial death of Christ that makes it possible for men and women who repent to have eternal life, but eternal life is possible only because Christ was raised from the dead and ascended to the Father. The atoning death of Christ must be coupled to the fact of His resurrection and the fact that He ascended to God the Father to become our High Priest.
If He had been left in the grave and had not risen from the dead then our hope in eternal life is in vain.
There were some in Corinth that were teaching that there is no resurrection and Paul had to straighten them out.
1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
As we know 1 Corinthians 15 is all about the doctrine of the resurrection. Paul devotes this whole chapter to teaching about this very core belief that is such a vital part of the Gospel.
In this part of his letter Paul feels he needs to gives the Corinthians a full rundown on the subject of the resurrection from the dead, and then there were some who had come into their midst who were actually teaching the brethren that there was no resurrection of the dead and were leading the brethren astray with their heresy.
Paul devoted this whole chapter to clearly expounding the doctrine of the resurrection. This is a very exciting and comforting chapter of the Bible and helps further our understanding of what really happens after death for the called-out who have been forgiven of their sins and who have been faithful to the whole Word of God unto death.
Paul begins with a short summary of what the Gospel is about and this includes the fact that Christ died for our sins and was resurrected three days after He was buried in the tomb.
1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
In the first four verses Paul says that he is declaring the Gospel to them; this is the same Gospel that Paul preaches everywhere he went and the core of the message is: that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that he was buried and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures”.
Then Paul offers additional proof that the resurrection did indeed take place just as the Scriptures foretold, for there were many eye witnesses who saw Jesus and spoke to Him after His death and resurrection. In verse five Paul goes on to verify that the resurrection was in fact confirmed by five-hundred witnesses who saw Jesus alive after His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection; and also that he was seen by all of the apostles.
In verse eight he states that even he himself was a witness that Christ was alive a few years later. Paul explained that Christ had indeed risen from the dead and that He was alive and now working on their behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
Jesus had said that the only “sign” of His Messiah-ship is that He would be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights and then He would be raised up to life again. So the fact that this had actually taken place is crucial to proving that he was who he said he was which is part of the Gospel message.
Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
That is what happened just as He had said, Christ was in the grave for exactly three full days and three full nights and this fact was attested to by the events that happened on that early morning of Wave Offering Sunday by Mary Magdalene and the other women who came to the tomb, and later the apostles.
1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
If Christ had not risen from the dead then that means that even though the Messiah came as the Lamb of God, lived a sinless life, was crucified and died for all the sins of those who repented and applied the blood of His sacrifice to their past sins; they are still dead in their sins, there is no hope, no future, no inheritance of the Kingdom.
It is because Christ died for our sins and then rose again from the dead that we, too, have the hope of the resurrection; and because He lives the faithful will also be raised up to life. The atoning death of Christ and then His resurrection is a total package, you cannot have one without the other.
The resurrection adds to the work that Christ did on the cross; which is why we can be so grateful and rejoice all the days of our lives if we know these things for we can look forward to a brand new life in the spirit after we die our physical death.
At this Spring Festival season as we participate in the Passover, Wave Offering Sunday, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, it reminds us again of these things for these days are an allegory of what Christ has done for us and these truths are depicted in the meanings of these days.
We can truly rejoice that we have this marvelous hope, first that our sins have been forgiven and we are washed clean; and then, if we commit to go and sin no more, we can then live out the rest of our days in faith knowing that we, too, will be resurrected just as Christ was resurrected.
What good would it be to have our sins forgiven and we ourselves washed from our sins (even though that is a incredibly wonderful thing) but then there is nothing after that; we have been forgiven but after being forgiven then there is no life, no reward no entrance into the Kingdom of God as a member of His family.
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ and to have His atoning blood in payment for our sins is a very crucial and important aspect of Christ’s Work but today (Wave Sheaf Day) commemorates the fact that Christ came back to life, ascended up to heaven to be accepted by the Father and that He lives forevermore.
It takes all of these things in order for the elect to have the opportunity to come back to life again and live eternally with our heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice what the apostle Peter has to say about the resurrection in his first Epistle. He addresses the brethren who are exiled and scattered in various countries. They are going through many severe trials and he is comforting and admonishing them to remain faithful reminding them of the glorious hope that they have set before them, a living hope in the resurrection from the dead if they hold on until the end.
1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience [to obey God] and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ [the application of Christ’s sacrifice]: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
After Peter’s opening greeting he continues to comfort the brethren by reminding them of what their hope is: that according to the foreknowledge of God the Father by the sanctifying work of the Spirit that guides and directs them to be completely obedient to God the father and Jesus Christ.
His desire for them is that they would abound in grace [God’s forgiveness] and peace [with God] which comes from living by every Word of God
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Then Peter exhorts the brethren that they must arm themselves with the hope of the resurrection and to keep themselves set apart (holy) just as Christ is holy.
1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
We are to follow Christ and remain faithful to live by every Word of God, striving always to be holy as God is holy and if we do that, we will be rewarded with a part in the resurrection and a crown of life. Peter further explains the resurrection:
1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons [impartially] judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning [our physical life on earth] here in fear:
1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation [unproductive way of life] received by tradition from your fathers; 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1:20 Who verily was foreordained [Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection was planned before the earth was made] before the foundation of the world, but was manifest [came to pass] in these last times for you,
1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Our time in the flesh in this lifetime is transitory, but if we are abiding in God the Father and Jesus Christ and if we are living our lives in accordance with every Word of God, we will attain to eternal life.
God’s Word is so much more important than anything this temporary world has to offer, for the world is passing away ;but God and His Word will endure forever.
1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel [the GOOD NEWS of salvation] is preached unto you.
Beginning his letter in this way, Peter sets the tone for his entire epistle by reminding us of Christ’s sacrifice which covers our sincerely repented sins, and then tells us that because Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is alive now, we also have a lively [living] Hope of a Resurrection to Eternal Salvation; if we go forward to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zealous enthusiasm.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
The apostles throughout the New Testament teach of the resurrection again and again so that we can believe and understand what it means to be resurrected and to live again, not just back to flesh but to spirit just as Christ is spirit.
Again 1 Peter 1:3-5; is worth studying and meditating on so that we really understand this. As physical humans it is hard to grasp what it will be like to be spirit, no longer subject to the pulls of the flesh, no longer capable of pain, injury, fatigue, or death, and to be free of Satan’s influence forever.
Most of us can only relate to the realities of this physical life and we must ask God to help us envision what it is going to be like when we too, are “born from above”. The hope of the resurrection will strengthen and fill us with hope and faith to go through whatever trials we have to go through, just as it did Jesus, and to patiently wait for what we hope for.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
If we sincerely repent of all our PAST sins and commit to sin no more and if we are full of faith in the resurrection of Christ, we will destroy the old sinful person to rise from baptism a new spiritual person; and this is an allegory that this body of flesh will be destroyed in the grave and the faithful godly will be resurrected new beings made of spirit, just as Jesus Christ was resurrected to spirit!
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Paul’s Message to Timothy Regarding the Resurrection
In the apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy giving him instruction on how to pastor his congregation, Paul reminded him of the hope we have in the doctrine of the resurrection.
2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
Paul suffers persecution from the Jews for the doctrine of the resurrection
2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Paul continues to say that if we are baptized committing ourselves to stop sinning we have crucified [destroyed] the old sinful person; therefore Jesus Christ will live in us through the Holy Spirit and if we endure all temptations and trials all the way to the end, eventually we will be resurrected to reign with him as kings and priests, helping him to bring others into God’s Family.
2 Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
God cannot deny his own character and his desire is to have us live forever with Him, but we must still do our part in believing and remaining faithful.
2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
We may want the resurrection and Christ’s return to hurry up and come but it will happen only according to God’s perfect timetable. .
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Christ Sits At the Right Hand of God the Father Interceding For Us
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Christ is hard at work sanctifying the members of the Bride as the head of the Ekklesia, making sure that we are zealously living by every Word of God.
Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
When Jesus Christ ascended to God the Father to be accepted by Him, Jesus became our Mediator and High Priest; Christ is at the Fathers right hand and He goes before the Father on our behalf so that we can have a relationship with God the Father through him.
Because of what Christ has done and what He continues to do, we can be reconciled to God to the Father.
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Paul prayed for the Ephesians that God would grant them the spirit of wisdom in the knowledge of God which included the knowledge of Christ’s death and resurrection and the exceeding greatness of His power.
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Christ’s work for us entails the overseeing of the New Covenant and He is in the process of getting His Bride ready, doing that by teaching her the Word of God, interceding on her behalf, correcting, guiding, leading, and by writing His laws and commandments upon her heart, which is replicating His own divine nature within those who are willing and doing their part as well.
We are called to have God’s ways engraved into our very being and that is the most important thing we can be doing while we have our life here on earth before He comes and sets up His Kingdom.
Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Jeremiah 33:31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
33:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first (Covenant), that he may establish the second (Covenant). 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Christ died once and for all, for our sins through His one time sacrificial death, so that we can go to Him as our High Priest and Mediator to receive mercy whenever we slip up and unwittingly sin.
Hebrews 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified..
Christ is hard at work making the Bride holy and fit for a resurrection to spirit and eternal life.
Hebrews 10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
10;22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Jesus Christ, through His faithful wholehearted service, was judged able to present himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sincerely repented past sins; and His service and sacrifice was accepted by God the Father for us and He was made the ONLY High Priest and the ONLY Intercessor between men and God forever! This is what the waved sheaf is all about!
Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Jesus Christ, the Firstborn from the Dead
The New Testament consistently teaches hope in the resurrection based upon the resurrection of Christ as the firstborn from the dead.
Jesus is the firstborn from the dead and being firstborn means that he is the first to be born from above and that he is the pioneer of all those who will come after Him. He is first to set the example, to be the first to go through the resurrection, going from a mortal man to a glorious spirit being.
Our resurrection to eternal life is possible because Jesus Christ died to pay for our sins and rose from the grave as the firstborn of many brethren. Christ’s death justifies us, but His resurrection to life makes our future resurrection possible.
On its own, the blood of Christ does not save us, and had He remained dead, we could not be saved or given eternal life. We are saved because Christ lives now and forever.
1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
As we all know, death is a reality all humans must face.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
But the same Father who resurrected Jesus Christ from the tomb nearly two thousand years ago will also raise all the dead to life again. Jesus says that blessed and holy is he who attains to the [first] resurrection which is the resurrection to spirit.
Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
The doctrine of the resurrection is not only good news for those who are in Christ Jesus but is also is good news for all peoples whether they know it or not. Unbelievers are also blessed even though they do not know it yet.
Most people in this world have no clue of the resurrection back to physical life in which time they will be taught about God and His Way of life that will finally bring them the true happiness and fulfillment and that leads to life eternal.
Just like for us, Christ died for the sins of all mankind and they too will have a future opportunity at life from the dead as well and will be offered Christ’s atoning sacrifice to come to Him and be forgiven.
For those of us who have unrepentant loved ones and even loved ones that have already died, the doctrine of the resurrection is very good news for those people as well, for those who are or were not saved yet, their hope is not really lost as it may appear to the rest of the world (Ezekiel 37:1-14) and that is what the Main Fall Harvest depicts and represents the saving of all of humanity that are not part of the first fruits. Even though all men die, there is still hope!
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
By means of the resurrection, the vast majority of mankind will receive the opportunity for salvation and subsequently the gift of eternal life. After the rest of humanity has the veil taken off their eyes they too will being given the opportunity to repent; only a few who willfully reject God’s way of life will not be raised to eternal life but will perish instead.
But the hope of true believers is the resurrection of the dead. Three places in the New Testament mentions that Christ is the firstborn from the dead.
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
“I am the Resurrection and the Life”
Thomas asked Jesus a question about how can we know the Way?
John 14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
When Jesus’ friend Lazarus (brother of Martha and her sister Mary) fell ill, Lazarus’ sisters sent for Jesus desiring for Him to come and heal their brother.
When Jesus first heard that Lazarus was sick He informed His disciples that Lazarus’ sickness was for God’s glory, that the Son would be glorified by what was going to happen. But instead of going immediately to visit Lazarus, Jesus stayed where He was for two more days.
John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
John 11:6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
11:7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
John 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
11:12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
11:13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
When Jesus arrived at the outskirts of the town of Bethany, Lazarus’s sister Martha went out to meet Him. “If you had been here,” she said, “my brother would not have died.”
Such was her faith in Jesus’ power to heal. Jesus replied by assuring Martha that her brother would rise again. Martha responded again in faith: “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
At this point, Jesus said to her “I am the resurrection and the life,” and He tells us that we must believe and have faith that this is so: “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die“.
John 11:20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
11:21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 11:22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
When Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life”, He was claiming to be the source of both for there is no resurrection apart from Christ, and there is no eternal life apart from Christ.
1 John 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Even beyond that, Jesus was also making a statement concerning His divine power over life and death. He does more than give life; He is life, and therefore death does not have any power over Him. Jesus confers this spiritual life on those who believe in Him, have applied His atonement to their sins and from then on do the will of God the Father, and they will share His triumph over death. (See again Revelation 1:18).
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The called-out overcomers of sin in this life will experience a resurrection to spirit and will receive the promises that are throughout the Bible concerning life after death. All because of what the Lamb of God has done for humanity by way of His death and resurrection. Then Jesus said to Martha:
John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
We, like Martha, must have faith that Jesus has power over life and death. In this incident of raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus shows that neither death nor time is an obstacle to Him. Outside the tomb, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” and the dead man came out of the tomb.
John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
It is one thing for a person to say that he is the resurrection and the life, but Jesus proved it by raising Lazarus who had been dead for four days. Jesus had said earlier that Lazarus was asleep and then later He showed that death is really a type of sleep and that He has the power to awaken those who sleep.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
Death has no dominion over the Messiah, who is Life itself, nor should ultimate spiritual death have dominion over those who are His, even though they may die a physical death. Because He lives, we will live. Because He is Life, we will receive life eternal as well.
1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the [The penalty for having broken the law.] law.
15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
After explaining that believing in the risen Christ for the resurrection, Jesus asked Martha an all-important question: He said, “Do you believe this?”
John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Martha’s answer is what all God’s children should be:
John 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
Later in the chapter Jesus taught a parable about the resurrection and at the end He mentioned that many will not believe these things even though it would be told to them by one who had risen from the dead.
The Bible is the Word of God and the Word of God is Jesus who did rise from the dead and yet the vast majority of mankind refuses to believe. Oh, they may give lip service to the idea and millions do keep Easter, which in their mind commemorates the resurrection, but they do not really believe or they would be diligently seeking God’s Word as to how they, too, could have life and if they really believed they would obey what His Word says.
Luke 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
But God says to His children that they are to seek the things that are of everlasting value first, and that it is much better to work for those things that endure rather then the temporary things of this life.
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
As followers of God the Father and Jesus Christ it is our job to believe [be full of FAITH in] on the Son that God has sent into the world and His Word. Our lives depend on having a deep unshakable faith that Jesus lived a perfect life, died for our sins and was resurrected to eternal life; and that God will like wise resurrect to eternal life all those who accept believe and perform the acts of faith, which are to live by every Word of God.
The teaching on the resurrection is foundational, Brethren, and we must remain faithful if we hope to attain to it, not going after other gods, or false leaders and their false teachings.
Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and died for our sincerely repented sins, he then was raised from the dead; and we too can look forward to rising up on that day if we have faith in the power of God and we live like he lived; by every Word of God.
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
In the resurrection we will not only be changed into a spiritual body, but more importantly, we will be made in the likeness of His mind with His character and divine attributes. We will no longer have human carnal nature but will have a heart like Christ’s heart with God’s Word and nature engraved permanently within us so that our own nature’s are replaced by the nature of God .
Oh, what a marvelous HOPE we have and what an awesome future we can look forward to and it is coming fast now.
It will not be long until we can see Christ face to face just as Mary Magdalene saw the risen Christ in the garden and as the apostle John did when he saw him in his gloried state in a vision.
God promises that we will partake of those things that have been provided by Christ and that we can be joint heirs with Him in His Kingdom if we remain steadfast [faithful] to the end.
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, [of His resurrection and His inheritance] if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
All the best to you and all the joy and peace of this Passover season to all who rejoice in the Messiah, the Christ, who gave His life so that we might have an eternal loving relationship with God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, as children and heirs of the Kingdom!