“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep.”
[John 11:11 NET]
Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe that God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep as Christians.
For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
When the entire nation was on the other side, the Lord told Joshua, “Pick up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests stand firmly … These stones will be a lasting memorial for the Israelites.”—“This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it.”—The witnesses God had already chosen, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
[1 Thess 4:13-14, 1 Cor 15:16-18, 1 Cor 15:20, Josh 4:1, Josh 4:3, Josh 4:7, Acts 2:32, Acts 10:41]