1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead and has become the first fruit of those who have fallen asleep.
Jesus is the first fruit of all others who believe in Him. This is an Old Testament image of the first installment of a crop which anticipates and guarantees the ultimate offering of the whole crop. Because Christ rose from the dead, those who are asleep in Christ have a guarantee of their own resurrection.
SIDE NOTE: Please allow me to clarify something here. There are some doctrines that interpret the verse above to mean that when a person dies, they go into a “soul sleep” until the final resurrection and Judgment Day. Per Jesus’ explanation of the fates of the rich man and Lazarus(Luke 16:22-23)in addition to Paul’s comment regarding about being absent from the body, and present with the Lord(II Corinthians 5:6, 8),I believe that immediately after death, a saved person goes directly to Heaven; while an unsaved person is transported to Hell. The term “asleep” is used, because to the living the dead person appears to be sleeping; And their physical body will be awakened and transformed. Saved people(I Corinthians 15:51-54) Unsaved people(Revelation 20:11-15)
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her actions became a symbol of hope in the Civil Rights Movement. Brothers and sisters, for every right and privilege we enjoy today, someone led the way long ago. We can take nothing for granted.
In the Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 3, John the Baptist Prepared the Way.
Jesus was more than a front runner for religious or political freedom. As the first fruits, His resurrection made it possible for all who have faith in Him to also be raised from the dead. His victory over death made way for our eternal life.
In Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote to address false belief that there was no life after death. If there is no life for us after death, then Christ also has no life after death. And if Christ was not raised from the dead, then we have no hope for the future. But Christ was raised, and we have hope not only in this life but in the life to come. No matter what uncertainties we face here on earth, we know that Christ WILL one day put all things under His rule and authority.
Revelation 22:12 And behold, I am coming quickly! and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries