Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:20-26
A Review of What Death is Like
Whenever I’m going to visit a new place, I check out trip reviews. No, I don’t believe the worst ones, and yes, I am suspicious of glowing endorsements that don’t seem grounded. But I get a lot of good tips from the well-written reviews and they make my experience better when I can make it to the new place.
I expect to die someday and no matter when or where that happens, I won’t be able to check reviews to see what it is like. What I really need is someone who has gone through death, someone who will be honest about what it is like and what happens afterwards. I need a well-written review to make my experience better.
By the grace of God, I know a person who has gone through death and who has come back from the dead to tell what it is like. Christ actually died. His body and soul were separated for a time. Then they came back together, and he rose from the dead.
The news even gets better. Christ says he is like the first fruit harvested in the growing season. When the great harvest comes at the end of the world, the rest of us will also have our bodies and souls put back together, just as it happened to him. Those who believe in Jesus will have glorified bodies, never to die again. Death will be permanently defeated.
In the meantime, Christ has given a well-written review of what death and resurrection are like in 1 Corinthians chapter 15. It’s a review worth reading.
Thanks be to God! You give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.