A Bright Sadness: God’s First Fruit

Jesus,
Apple of God’s eye,
dangling solitaire
on leafless tree,
bursting red.

As he drops
New Eden dawns
and once again
we Adams choose:
God’s first fruit
or death.

~Christine F. Nordquist “Eden Inversed”

It has always been a choice
no longer forbidden
we are invited to first fruit

He offers Himself
broken open

so our hearts
might burst red
with Him

The tree of life my soul hath seen
Laden with fruit and always green
The tree of life my soul hath seen
Laden with fruit and always green
The trees of nature fruitless be
Compared with Christ the apple tree

His beauty doth all things excel
By faith I know but ne’er can tell
His beauty doth all things excel
By faith I know but ne’er can tell
The glory which I now can see
In Jesus Christ the apple tree.

For happiness I long have sought
And pleasure dearly I have bought
For happiness I long have sought
And pleasure dearly I have bought
I missed of all but now I see
‘Tis found in Christ the apple tree.

I’m weary with my former toil
Here I will sit and rest a while
I’m weary with my former toil
Here I will sit and rest a while
Under the shadow I will be
Of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

This fruit does make my soul to thrive
It keeps my dying faith alive
This fruit does make my soul to thrive
It keeps my dying faith alive
Which makes my soul in haste to be
With Jesus Christ the apple tree. 

Advent Meditation–First Fruits

http://www.keithv.com/blog/index.php?m=09&y=96

In the summer, I watch for that first swelling peapod, that first berry that is exactly the right red, the cherry that glistens just so, the tomato that has a bit of give when touched gently.  It is the anticipation of something long waited for, now in our grasp.

That which is most precious to us, that which we cling to most tightly,  is what we are least likely to let go or give away.  Giving the first and best of our harvest, whether it is our material possessions, or our own souls,  was historically considered the greatest sacrifice, signifying an acknowledgment that all we have and all we are comes from the Lord himself.  Even Israel itself is portrayed in Jeremiah 2:3 as set apart for God as the “firstfruits of his harvest.”

Jesus is the ultimate “first fruits”, having become a sacrifice for the sake of mankind’s salvation, and the first to be raised from the dead.  Because he is First, we “each in his own turn”,  follow him.  He has given himself to us, once long awaited, now in our grasp.

1 Corinthians 15: 20, 23