What Was Jesus’ Resurrected Body Like?

Jesus’ resurrected body gives us an idea of what our resurrected bodies will be like.

He had a body of flesh and bone.

“Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’ But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have'” (Luke 24:37–39).

His body could be touched and felt.

“Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ He said. They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshipped Him” (Matthew 28:9 NIV). “Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing'” (John 20:27).

He ate before their eyes.

“While they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, ‘Have you any food here?'” (Luke 24:41).

He was recognized by the disciples and His followers.

The two disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus at first because “their eyes were restrained,” but once their eyes were opened, they did (Luke 24:13–35). Mary Magdalene at the Garden Tomb suddenly recognized Jesus by the tone of His voice (John 20:16).

He appeared in the same body which the nails had been driven into.

“Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side” (John 20:19–20a). Scripture tells us that when Jesus comes again, He will still bear those marks (see Zechariah 12:10).

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