“But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20).
The foundational hope of the Christian faith is an assurance offered by a resurrected Savior, not some religious pioneer that now lays lifeless in a cold grave. It is the bodily resurrection of Christ that distinguishes the Christian faith from all other world religions. The resurrection of Christ, however, isn’t the end of the resurrection story. His is but the first of a much greater harvest that is forthcoming.