What is the Resurrection?

Saint Paul teaches that, if Christ has not risen, our faith is in vain (1 Cor 15:14). But a more in-depth exploration of this definitive event leads to many underlying questions.  For instance:

  • Does it matter whether the tomb was empty on Easter Sunday? 
  • Was the risen body of Christ the same body He had before He was crucified, or is it a new one? Does the same thing go for us?  Will I have this same body in the next life?
  • If so, then how can there be a resurrection of the body for people like the victims at Hiroshima and Nagasaki? 
  • What will our resurrected bodies be like?