Christ, the First of the Coming Harvest

images10According to the context of 1 Cor. 15, “firstfruits” does not only mean, giving the best and the choicest of crops. It also means, “the first of a set” (Greek-English Lexicon, s. v. απαρχη). It means that Christ is the first of a coming harvest! The resurrection of Christ is the first of a resurrection of those who believed in Christ! This means, there is more to come!

In other words, Christ’s resurrection is the Best Sample of the rest! He was raised with a new resurrection body, and we will be raised in new resurrection bodies also!

Recently, I was showing a picture of Jesus in a Bible story book to Jan Marie. He was showing his nail-pierced hand to Thomas. Thomas had said that he won’t believe that Jesus rose from the dead, unless he sees Christ with his own 2 eyes. Then Jesus came one day to show Thomas His nail-pierced hands.

Jan Marie was looking at the picture and asked, “Why is there no blood in his hands?” She’s right. If the nails pierced His hands, then there should be blood. I told her that there’s no more blood, because the body of Jesus is a resurrected body. It will be the same body that you and I will receive when Jesus comes again!

1 Cor. 15:51-52 says,

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed (ESV).

When Christ comes again, we shall see Him as He is, and we shall be like Him, with resurrected bodies, as He is.

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