In my last entry, “Tell Me What You’re Living For,” we explored some initial reasons for hope and belief in a bodily resurrection (Greek: “anastasis”). But are there more than just a few vague passages (that may have been added by wishful thinkers)? Are there some principles to help us on our way?
Let us contemplate the Divine fingerprints interwoven into the fabric of The Story for shedding light in regard to resurrection, namely through that of certain witnesses and pictures.* You may not understand everything I have written here, but this is a great place to begin our study.
Harvests: Throughout Scripture and Jewish celebratory traditions (called “Feasts”), there is a hugely repetitious agricultural theme culminating in three harvested crops—barley, wheat, and grapes. The barley was the first crop harvested in early spring, celebrated at the Feast of Firstfruits. The wheat harvest began at Pentecost (Feast of Shavuot) and was harvested late spring throughout summer. The grape harvest came at the end of summer/early fall just in time for the last and seventh Feast of Ingathering (or Tabernacles). In fact, all of the crops gathered for the entire harvest season were celebrated together at this week-long fall Feast event, commemorated each year (Oct. 1-7 this year, as in this week)!
Do you really think God was all that excited about dirt, seeds, and food groups (despite being called “feasts,” haha) when He inspired the writings? No. Incorporating Jewish tradition, I believe the three crops represent three types of PEOPLE during different periods of resurrection in His plan of ages, when all people are “harvested” into renewal and imperishability. For some, namely hypocrites of the teachings, this will include a time of correction and restoration. When contemplating immortality, most Christians don’t even realize that the Bible indicates different resurrections occurring at different time periods in the Story, but it does (Heb. 11:35, Rev. 20:6)!