|"The Resurrection" by William Blake|
Courtesy of the Art Renewal Center
In Christ all of us will be made alive again. But everyone will be raised to life in the right order. Christ was first to be raised. Then, when Christ comes again, those who belong to him will be raised to life. Then the end will come.
(1st Letter to the Corinthians chapter 15 verses 22 - 24, ERV)
Jesus coming back to life is just the beginning. We will all follow him through death and out the other side.
We believe also in the resurrection of the dead. For there will be -- in truth there will be -- a resurrection of the dead, and by resurrection we mean resurrection of bodies. For resurrection is the second state of that which has fallen. For the souls are immortal, so how can they rise again? ...It is then this very body, which can decay and dissolve, that will rise again incoruptible.
John of Damascus (AD 676 - 749)
Exposition of the Orthodox Faith Bk. 4 Chap. 27