Originally scheduled for October 29
One of those principles in the Old Testament
which puzzles some Christians is the principle of “first fruits.” We
might note the following:
First fruits must be unblemished —
First fruits belong to God — and they
go to the priests. The priests are uniquely the ones who are totally
dependent on God for their living.
First fruits are a test of faith.
Just when you are the most hungry after the winter, you give away
the first stuff to God — and worry about a hailstorm ruining the
All this would be old and interesting stuff
were it not for the statement that Christ is the first fruit of the
resurrection of the dead. Do you see it?
Christ is the only unblemished
sacrifice fitting for our sins.
It’s a sacrifice that is made to God
— but is effective for us.
The blessing of that sacrifice goes
to the “royal priesthood” — those believers who are totally
dependent upon God. Give us this day our daily bread.
It’s also a test of faith; our
resurrection hasn’t arrived yet.
Communion is a reminder of the sacrifice of
Christ. The first fruits of the resurrection were presented on
Easter Sunday morning. We are next. Communion is a reminder of that
promise; when you take the cup and the bread you do so “until he
comes again.” His return heralds our resurrection; communion is the
reminder of the promise he made.
Meanwhile, we are to live that “totally
dependent” life. We are to acknowledge him as the source of our
every blessing and comfort. If you’re still in the mode of doing it
yourself, depending upon your own intelligence and efforts without
acknowledging God, may I suggest that you need to examine your self
in the light of the Scriptures. You are his child; you need to act
like it. Time for self-examination is provided so that you might
take advantage of his forgiveness by your repentance. Examine
yourself, then take the cup as a reminder of his blood and the bread
as a symbol of his body — until he comes again.