“Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
-John 11:23-26 NIV
One of the cornerstone beliefs of Christianity is the resurrection of the dead on the day of Christ’s return. We know of 3 people that Jesus personally brought back from the dead in Bible times, and apparently it was a widely held belief that on the last day, people’s bodies would come out of the grave to live again. In the verse above, Martha’s brother Lazarus had died and she said to Jesus, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus doesn’t argue with her, or correct her, He simply points to himself as the source of that life after death. God created us with physical bodies. For some reason, He desires that we have not just a soul, but a physical body both here on earth, and for eternity. God knows best. He’s earned our forgiveness and eternal life through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. Likewise, we will one day die, our souls will go immediately to be with Christ in heaven, and on the last day, our bodies will rise restored, to join our souls and live eternally in the perfection and peace of heaven. Through faith in Jesus, death has got no power over you. Live fearlessly for Christ!