Crucifixion, Resurrection & Firstfruit

"Now very early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance", John20:1
"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", Matthew 12:40

Counting Sunday as resurrection day cannot be possible, because Christ didn't stay in the tomb the whole Sunday; before daylight he was already out of the thomb so it would conflict with Matthew 12:40.

Then the Sabbath must be the Resurrection Day, because the Bible considers Saturday after sundown the 1st day as well; a biblical day is from sundown to sundown. So Christ was risen before the sundown on Saturday so on the Sabbath!

Calculating back 3 sundowns leads to the Crucifixion day and his burial before sundown: Wednesday.

They found the grave empty on that Sunday morning in darkness, because Christ rose from the grave Saturday night before sundown.

More important is to understand that Christ didn't go to Heaven yet, but met Mary Magdalene first:

"Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni ”(which means Teacher).‭ ‭Jesus replied, “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God", John20:16-17

Yet shortly after that Christ did ascend to heaven to be presented as God's Firstfruit:

"‭As a result God exalted him ‭and gave him the name ‭that is above every name,‭‭so that at the name of Jesus ‭every knee will bow ‭-in heaven and on earth and under the earth —‭‭and every tongue confess ‭that Jesus Christ is Lord ‭to the glory of God the Father", Philippians 2:9-11.

Firstfruit as in the Firstborn and First from the death and representing all saved believers in him:

"And if the firstfruit is holy, so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches", Romans 11:16

"‭But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, He that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through His Spirit that dwelleth in you", Romans 8:11

The Feast that honors this is called FIRSTFRUIT FEAST and is the Sunday in the Feast Unleavened Bread. And this Feast Unleavened Bread connects with the Passover during twilight of the 1st day of the Feast Unleavened Bread: where the Lam was slaughtered and set apart.

So it is important to observe Passover, Feast Unleavened Bread and Firstfruit Feast in particular. Passover as the Lord's Supper in Rememberance of Christ's death at the Cross, FUB without yeast as Christ is without sin. And Firstfruit Feast honoring the day Christ was presented to God in Heaven where he received his special title and worship of all creatures in heaven and on Earth ('every knee will bow').

The easiest way to keep Firstfruit Feast day (as a Sabbath!) is knowing it is what church calls 1st Easter Sunday.

The easiest way to keep Passover so you can keep the Lord's Supper on it and connecting Feast Unleavened Bread is to click on this link where you find God's Biblical Feasts agenda for the specific year (For the Netherlands)

To read more about how God's Feast on God's Calendar still apply for Christians click on here .

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