After His resurrection, Jesus had a real body and He told the disciples “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:39). Jesus first offered sensory evidence of three kinds in order to convince the disciples that He was a real, material being even after His resurrection. Sight, hearing, and the sense of touch were combined to provide assurance that He was a real being and not an apparition or a figment of an overwrought imagination.
When Jesus came to this earth He did not divest Himself of His divine nature (1:14), and when He returned to the Father He bore with Him the likeness of humanity. He ascended to heaven, bearing a sanctified, holy humanity.
Jesus offered them fourth evidence that He is still a real being (v. 39). He asked for food. And they gave Him broiled fish and honey. And to convince the disciples that He was still a material being, He ate in front of them. The disciples at first thought He was a spirit when He appeared suddenly to them, but after they felt Him and watched Him eat (Luke 24:40-43), they knew that He was real.
Forty days later, Jesus led them out to Bethany and ascended to heaven (Luke 24:50, 51). The angels who appeared to the disciples said to them, “This same Jesus [of flesh and bones] … shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). And it was this confidence in the reality of the resurrection that imparted convincing power to the message the apostles bore to the world (1 John 1:1, 2; 5:20; Luke 24:48).
In His service,
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