Isn't it interesting that when people of the Old Testament died, the usual phrase describing their deaths was "and he was gathered to his people," ( Deuteronomy 32:50) or "rested with his fathers." (I Kings 2:10)
But the New Testament uses the phrase "to be away from the body and at home with the Lord." (II Corinthians 5:8) What made the difference in the future home of believers?
John 11:25 "Jesus said to her (Martha), 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."
Jesus told the man on the cross next to him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:41)
Jesus says to us, "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:2-3)
Jesus told his followers, "Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live." (John 14:19) "On that day you wil realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you." (vs 20)
Romans 8:1-2 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death."
We have a new address in heaven because of Christ's death for us and His resurrection.