The resurrection of Jesus secures our salvation, but it is also connected to something else: Jesus’ resurrection is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). The Apostle Paul uses an agricultural metaphor to describe our future resurrection.
The first crops that farmers gather from a harvest are a sure sign of the full harvest to come. Obviously, the full harvest is more abundant, but the firstfruits are not radically different than the harvest to come. If tomatoes are the firstfruits, there will be a full harvest of tomatoes, not corn. In describing Jesus’ resurrection as firstfruits (1 Cor. 15:20, 23), Paul tells us about our own future resurrection. Like Jesus, each of us will have a resurrected physical body. Like Jesus, each of us will possess this body forever. Both the firstfruits and the final harvest are physical, bodily resurrections.
There are many mysteries to our faith. But when I think about gardening, the future resurrection of the dead doesn’t seem to be quite as mysterious.