Easter Sunday is about the past, present, and future. Regarding the past, it is a joyful remembrance that nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus rose from the dead in a glorious body that was fit to go from this earthly realm directly into heaven. Regarding the future, it is an illustration for those who trust in Him that they too will one day inhabit the same kind of glorious body as Jesus’ resurrected body that will be fit to dwell forever in heaven. Regarding the present, it powerfully demonstrates, confirms, and comforts us that the death of our physical bodies will simply be an instantaneous, conscious transition from this earthly realm into the very presence of God and His Son.
What Jesus experienced in the death of His physical body and subsequent bodily resurrection is the first of its kind event. Therefore, He is called “the first fruit” of all who have placed their faith in Him for forgiveness and eternal life. This metaphor describes Jesus as the first perfect piece of fruit of a great harvest of believing, transformed people that will be like His resurrected body and gathered into God’s eternal abode. Easter Sunday does not tell us but shows us how each of us who have trusted in Jesus will transition From Here (i.e. this temporary, earthly realm) To Eternity (i.e. the eternal, heavenly realm of God).