“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v20). Paul taught that the resurrection of Jesus is at the core of salvation and hope. Jesus died and rose again for us, meaning that his resurrection broke the power of sin and death for everyone who believes. If he did not rise again, he was only a martyr, and nothing has changed. But in fact, his resurrection opened the way for us and all creation to be reborn (v49-53).
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” We won’t always live with suffering and the consequences of sin. One day, death will be “swallowed up by victory” (v54).