When it comes to the topic of resurrection, Jesus Christ had a lot to say. In fact, the very cornerstone of Christianity is built upon the belief that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.
But what did Jesus teach about our own resurrection? Let’s take a closer look.
The Promise of Resurrection
Jesus made it clear that death is not the end for those who believe in him. In John 11:25-26, Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” This statement is a powerful assurance that death is not final for believers.
The Resurrection of the Dead
In Mark 12:18-27, Jesus was asked about marriage in heaven. In his response, he affirmed that there will be no marriage in heaven but also spoke about resurrection. He said, “But about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
He is not the God of the dead but of the living. You are badly mistaken!” (Mark 12:26-27). Here he affirms that there will indeed be a resurrection.
Our Resurrected Bodies
In 1 Corinthians 15:35-44, Paul describes what our resurrected bodies will be like. He says that they will be imperishable and immortal and compares them to a seed that grows into a plant. Just as a seed looks different from its resulting plant, our current bodies will look different from our resurrected bodies.
The Final Victory
In John 5:28-29, Jesus says, “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” This statement speaks of the final victory over death that believers will experience through Christ.
In conclusion, Jesus spoke extensively about resurrection and gave us hope for life beyond death. He promised that we would be resurrected just as he was, that our resurrected bodies would be imperishable and immortal, and that we would experience final victory over death. As believers in Jesus Christ, we can hold fast to these promises and look forward to the day when we will be raised to eternal life.