Resurrection: (Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary 1913) 1. (n.) A rising again; a return from death to life; as the resurrection of Christ. 2. (n.) Especially, the rising again from the dead; the resumption of life by the dead; as, the resurrection of Jesus Christ; the general resurrection of all the dead at the Day of Judgment.
Jesus Christ’s literal, actual, physical, bodily resurrection is the very foundation of Christianity. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have a guarantee of the future resurrection of all believers. That includes our Hans. Wishful thinking is not enough. If Christ did not come out of that tomb alive, if the resurrection is not an historical fact, we have nothing, and our faith is a cruel delusion.
For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1 Corinthians 15:16-19
If Jesus rose from the dead, then everything he said is true; and if he did not rise from the dead, it is false.
Furthermore, our resurrection body will differ from the body which was laid to rest in the grave. (1 Corinthians 15:53,54; Philippians 3:21). Its identity, however, will be maintained—we will know each other. It will still be the same body (1 Corinthians 15:42-44); but transformed into a new and perfected body—whole, healthy, powerful, beautiful.
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore…”