Is Jesus the First Resurrection?

The concept of resurrection is deeply ingrained in Christian theology. It is the belief that after death, an individual’s soul is reunited with their body and they are brought back to life.

Many Christians believe that Jesus Christ was the first person to experience resurrection. But is this belief accurate? Let’s take a closer look.

What Does the Bible Say?

The Bible talks about resurrection in various places. In the Old Testament, there are references to people being brought back to life, such as in 1 Kings 17:17-24 where Elijah resurrects a widow’s son. However, it is in the New Testament that we find the most detailed accounts of resurrection.

In 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, Paul writes, “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming.”

This passage suggests that Jesus was indeed the first person to be resurrected from the dead. However, it also implies that others will follow in his footsteps.

Understanding First Fruits

To fully grasp what Paul meant when he called Jesus “the first fruits,” we need to understand its significance in Jewish culture.

In ancient Israel, farmers would bring their first harvest of crops to the temple as an offering to God. This offering was called “first fruits.” It was a way of acknowledging God’s provision and seeking His blessing for future harvests.

By calling Jesus “the first fruits,” Paul was using a metaphor that would have been familiar to his audience. He was saying that just as the first fruits offering was a promise of more to come, so too was Jesus’ resurrection a promise of future resurrections.

Did Anyone Else Experience Resurrection Before Jesus?

There are stories in the Bible of people being miraculously brought back to life before Jesus. As mentioned earlier, Elijah resurrected the widow’s son in 1 Kings 17:17-24. In the New Testament, there are also accounts of Jesus raising people from the dead, such as Lazarus in John 11:38-44.

However, these instances are not considered true resurrections because they involved the person’s soul returning to their body temporarily. They eventually died again and did not experience eternal life in the way that Jesus did.


Based on what we know from the Bible, it is accurate to say that Jesus was the first person to experience resurrection in its truest sense. However, this does not diminish the importance of other stories of people being brought back to life. Each one serves as a reminder of God’s power and His ability to bring life out of death.

As Christians, we look forward to our own resurrection when Christ returns. We can take comfort in knowing that just as Jesus was raised from the dead, so too will we be made alive again.