The Lord gave me the name First Fruits for my book on the day I first prayed about writing. I was aware of several places in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible where the term “first fruits” was used (ex. “You shall bring in the sheaf of the First Fruits of your harvest.” Leviticus 23:10b). Little did I know, however, what I would soon learn from Zola Levitt (see Zola Levitt Ministries, www.levitt.com) concerning the importance of first fruits in connection with our Savior.
The First Fruits Feast is always the Sunday following the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, held in the spring each year. This day has eventually become known as Easter among Christians. But what many do not realize is that the name Easter was derived from the Babylonian pagan goddess of fertility, “Ishtar”. Zola explains that “we miss a very important Biblical truth by not using the term ‘First Fruits’ as the name of this feast, because “first” implies a second, a third, and so on, and that is the real meaning of the feast. We do not merely celebrate the resurrection of the Lord on First Fruits (Easter), on which it indeed occurred, but even more so, the resurrection of the entire Church!”
In 1 Corinthians 15:23 (KJV) Paul states “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” Zola continues, “Jesus celebrated the Sunday of the week of His crucifixion by rising from the dead. It was not some other day He chose but the very day of First Fruits … Jesus even presented His proper First Fruits offering to the Father. Graves were opened and dead people rose and were seen after His resurrection in Jerusalem. Matthew 27:53 (KJV). First Fruits was the last of the feasts that The Lord was seen personally fulfilling on earth.”
First Fruits, therefore, represents not only our gifts to God, but more importantly, His First Fruits Gift to us in the person of Jesus Christ—He is the Hope of our own resurrection!