Narrated by Malik bin Sasaa that the Holy Prophetsaw said: “while I was lying in the Kaaba ... and Gabriel set out with me till we reached the nearest heaven ... I saw Adam there. Gabriel said to me, ‘This is your father, Adam; pay him your greetings.’ So I greeted him and he returned the greeting to me and said, ‘You are welcomed, O' pious son and pious Prophetsaw.’ Then Gabriel ascended with me till we reached the second heaven... there I saw John and Jesus who were cousins to each other. Gabriel said to me, ‘These are John and Jesus; pay them your greetings.’ So I greeted them and both of them returned my greetings and said, ‘You are welcomed, O' pious brother and pious Prophetsaw...” (Saheeh Bukhari - Chapter Mairaj)
This tradition taken from Bukhari describes the Holy Prophetsaw meeting Jesus and other prophets on his spiritual journey variously known as the Mairaj and Isra. He finds Jesus among the other prophets, which shows that they all shared a common state and a common fate. The living and the dead do not intermix, therefore his abode could only be together with the earlier prophets if he had also died like them.
Imam Hasanra describes Hazrat Alira dying on the same night as when Jesus' soul was raised, which was the 27th of Ramadan.1
Ibn-e-Qayyam writes that the souls of other prophets were raised to their appointed heavenly stations only after their demise, whereas, exceptionally, the Holy Prophet's soul experienced the Mairaj.2
Datta Ganj Baksh Hajverira said the Holy Prophetsaw indeed met with the souls of Adam, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Jesus and Abraham on the night of the Mairaj.3
The mairaj tradition clearly establishes that it was the soul of Jesus and not his body which went through ascension (raf'a). Like other prophets he has also entered the Paradise from where no one is removed once admitted.
1 Tabqaat-ul-Kubra by Allama Ibn Saad vol. 3, pg. 39, pub. Dar Sadir, Beirut.
2 Zadal Ma'ad fi Huda Khair al Ibad by Allama Ibn-e-Qayyam vol. 1, pg. 302, pub. Nizam Publishers Kanpur
3 Kashaf-ul-Mahjoob pg. 317, pub. Kashmiri Bazar, Lahore