Sunday, March 31, 2013

Resurrection and First Fruits

Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?" But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away--for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples--and Peter--that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you." -Mark 16:1-7

This morning we awoke early, before the sun was up, and made our way to the Garden Tomb. We joined with hundreds of people singing songs of praise to the Risen One. We hope you take this day to celebrate the power of Yeshua's resurrection, His promise of Life eternal with Him and the love He pours out on us every day. 
But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the Firstfruits of those who have died. For since death came through a man, also the resurrection of the dead has come through a Man. For just as in connection with Adam all die, so in connection with the Messiah all will be made aliveBut each in his own order: the Messiah is the Firstfruits; then those who belong to the Messiah, at the time of His coming; then the culmination, when He hands over the Kingdom to G-d the Father, after having put an end to every rulership, yes, to every authority and power. For He has to rule until he puts all His enemies under His feet.  -1 Corinthians 15:20-24

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