Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. – 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Resurrection from the dead: It’s not just for Jesus. The original Christian understanding of eternal life with God is not floating on a cloud. Rather, the original Christian confession is that we will be raised from the dead to a fully embodied life that will not die.
While yes, people go to be with Jesus when they die, that is a waypoint. Heaven is merely a station before we reach our FINAL home. Even though our bodies have their faults and are imperfect, God created them to be good. The above passage is the Apostle Paul expressing why it is critically important to believe in the general resurrection from the dead.
May God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+