God as First Fruits
by Ruth Siebring
At the time of harvest, the Israelites were required by the law to bring some of the crop as offering to the Lord, essentially, the first fruits that had been picked. This was a symbolic, but also a tangible offering, admitting that it all come from God and all belonged to God.
After all the planning, preparing, working, weeding, watering, watching and waiting, we relish the idea of tasting the first of any crop. When we went to Myanmar, we looked forward to trying our first Myanmar bananas and the other fresh fruits which were reported to be so much better eaten as close to the place where they were harvested. And it was true! And while our first tastes were wonderful, it wasn’t enough. We wanted more.
And so it is:
“But each, in His own time:
Christ, the first fruit,
then, when He comes,
those who belong to Him.”
~I Corinthians 15:23
The Jewish world waited for over 4000 years for Jesus’ coming. They waited through suffering, conflict, exile, and silence.
And we also wait. Sometimes with great anticipation and sometimes with impatience for Christ to come again. The first fruit, Christ, gave us a longing for the whole harvest. We cannot get enough. And since we have tasted and have proof of the first fruit, we all the more anticipate the full harvest.
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3