Jesus is the 'Firstfruits'
Jesus is the “firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Resurrection not reincarnation is the future hope for the believer in Jesus Christ. Did you know there are seven resurrections mentioned in the New Testament? Many people, even Christians, incorrectly assume there is one general resurrection at the end of the age. However, a careful reading of the New Testament reveals there are seven. Two have already taken place. The first, of course, is Jesus’ own resurrection. His resurrection is called the “firstfruits” in 1 Corinthians 15 (an illusion to the Feast of Firstfruits in the Old Testament) to suggest there are many more to come. “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.”