For Firstfruits, a sheaf of barley was given as a Thanksgiving offering by each family to the temple. The people were giving their first “fruit” of the Harvest back to their Creator.
When the people arrived at the temple that day, there would be flutes playing to bring the traditional reply of everyone from Psalm 150, “Praise God in His sanctuary”.
The mood was loud, exciting, and joyful. And, the place was PACKED. The people were required to be at the temple the day before by Jewish law (for The Feast of Unleavened Bread), so more than the normal crowd was present.
Inside the temple, choirs of the priests would sing Psalm 30. You should read the whole thing (click here), but verses 1-3 says,
I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.
That was sung over and over the day Jesus rose from the grave.
Jesus is the first and only one to be raised from the dead that did not die again. He is the “First fruit” who made it possible for us to live eternally with God because his death and resurrection redeemed us from sin.
Paul refers to Jesus as a Firstfruit in 1 Corinthians 15:20-22.
It says, But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
Jesus IS the first to rise again, and to defeat sin and death. How can we not sing along to Psalm 30 as we commemorate Easter, the celebration of the first, the only Son of God to rise from the grave!
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12