God led the Israelites from death to life
This Sunday will be the biblical festival of First Fruits (Leviticus 23).
On this day in history, God led the Israelites from death to life by way of a miraculous walk through the Red Sea (Exodus 13:20-15).
Also on this day in history, Yeshua brought his followers from death to life by way of his resurrection.
What happens in the physical realm is a pattern of what happens in the spiritual realm, and the scriptures testify to the concept of eternal resurrection repeatedly.
In 1 Kings 17, Elijah revives the dead son of a widow.
Elijah himself did not die physically but was carried to heaven on a chariot (2 Kings 2:11).
He passed from life to life. Elisha repeats the miracle of resurrection with the Shuna-mmite’s son in 2 Kings 4.
After Elisha dies, his bones resurrect a dead man in 2 Kings 13:21.
Isaiah 26:19 promises that our dead will live.
We see a picture of mass resurrection of the nation in Ezekiel 37.
In John 11, Yeshua waits until his friend Lazarus has died until he arrives.
Even though Lazarus is dead, he says, "this sickness will not end in death (Jn 11:4), your brother will rise again (Jn 11:23)," and, "he who believes in me will live even though he dies and whoever lives and believes in me will never die (Jn 11:25-26)."
Spiritual life continues even when physical life ends. Yeshua calls Lazarus from the grave four days after his death (Jn 11:43).
After Yeshua’s resurrection on First Fruits, many other righteous followers rose as well and walked among the people as a witness (Matt 27:53).
All of these examples stand as witnesses to the truth of the resurrection.
Resurrection is crucial to our faith (1 Corinthians 15).
As Yeshua says in Mattew 22:32, "He is not the God of the dead but of the living."