Day 20 of Counting the Omer!
Continued from day 19..
Paul mentions twice in 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 that this is a foreshadowing of Yeshua’s resurrection:
“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.”
It was exactly at this time of year that Yeshua rose again from the dead, victoriously. It was during the counting of the omer that he walked the earth in his resurrection body, and it was just before the feast of Weeks that he ascended to heaven again, and sent the Holy Spirit as he promised.
40 days is a long time!
It was not just a mirage or a one-off hallucination. At one point over 500 people saw him at the same time, according to 1 Corinthians 15:6. Thomas poked the wounds gouged by the nails and got a graphic close-up of the gaping hole in his side. Yeshua could traverse solid walls but he could also eat a fish dinner. His friends didn’t recognise him immediately, but he quickly proved that it was really was him. Yeshua is not the first to have ever been raised from the dead (there were two boys in the times of Elijah and Elisha, and Yeshua raised a twelve year old girl, the widow’s son from Nain, and his friend Lazarus from the dead) but he was the first to return in his resurrection body, never to die again.
It’s an astonishing fact. Why don’t you try “counting the omer” for yourself, marking the days from Passover until Pentecost (the feast of Shavuot), and you can get a tangible feel of just how long it was that our resurrected Lord walked the earth, after beating death for us all.
Luke assures his reader,
“After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.” (Acts 1:3)
He rose from the dead after Passover, for forty days he was among them, teaching about the kingdom of God and explaining how he fulfilled the prophecies, and then he ascended to his place at the right hand of the Father a week before Pentecost.⬇