A Transformed Jesus

Not sure about you but I’m still on a post-Easter kick and can’t get over the fact that Easter is not just one day each year. Easter is everyday! To that end I offer this apologetic tidbit based upon a straightforward reading of the biblical texts.

Divine power did not merely resuscitate the body of Jesus from the dead, but transformed its very nature. Paul did not say Jesus was a bodily spirit, but had a “spiritual body” (1 Cor. 15:44), i.e., a material body suited for the reconstituted realm of the new heavens and the new earth and empowered with new capacities. Note the distinctions between the material and immaterial appearances of Jesus.

Material Immaterial
“They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.” Mt 28:9 “he disappeared from their sight.” Lk 24:31
“As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them.” Lk 24:15 “While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them” Lk 24:36
“Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Lk 24:39 “when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them” Jn 20:19
“and he took it and ate it in their presence” Lk 24:43 “A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them” Jn 20:26
“When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.” Lk 24:50-51 “He appeared to them over a period of forty days” Acts 1:3
“After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.” Jn 20:20 “God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen” Acts 10:40-41

Additional references relating to the post-resurrected material body of Jesus include:

“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’” Jn. 20:27

“On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.’” Acts 1:4

“by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.” Acts 10:41

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