First Fruits or Resurrection Sunday

Luke 24:1-12. 18th Nisan. The Bible states that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, which is, in the Jewish calendar, from sunset Saturday to sunset Sunday. That is why the Church tradition has Jesus being resurrected on a Sunday. Counting the Omer 1st Day 17th Nisan.

Jesus rose from the tomb three days after His death, as recorded in Scripture some many years before the event.

Sunday is the first day of the Jewish week and also the day of Jesus resurrection. The Jewish day starts at sunset and finishes at the next day sunset. So the first day of the week started at sunset Saturday about six hours before our midnight start for the first day of the week.

God had Jesus rise right at the appointed time He had set for this event to happen.

One of the many costs borne by Jesus and God was the separation of God and Jesus for the first time ever.

The day after the Passover Sabbath is the Feast of Unleavened Bread from which you can count seven weeks plus one day to the next festival which is called Shavuot or Festival of Weeks or Pentecost.

If you have Friday Passover and Crucifixion and one Sabbath, the weekly Sabbath and Passover special Sabbath on the same day, you will have Pentecost or Shavuot on a Sunday.

If you have a Special Sabbath that may be either have been on a Wednesday or Thursday for that year’s Passover and Crucifixion of Jesus and also the weekly Sabbath. You will not have Pentecost or Shavuot, not on a Sunday.

The word Sabbath means rest.

Background Reading:

Jesus is Raised from the Dead

24:1 But at early dawn on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were puzzling over this, two men in dazzling robes suddenly stood beside them. 5 While the women remained terrified, bowing their faces to the ground, the men asked them, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is living? 6 He is not here, but has been raised. Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day.’”

8 Then the women remembered Jesus’ words. 9 They returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven disciples and all the others. 10 The women who told the apostles about it were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some others. 11 But what they said seemed nonsense to them, so they did not believe them. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. He stooped down and saw only the linen cloths. Then he went home, wondering about what had happened.
Luke 24:1-12
Also see: Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8 and John 20:1-10.

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