Did Jesus have a real body after His resurrection or was He a spirit?

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After the Resurrection, Jesus‘ body was real, with flesh and bones that you could touch and feel. “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 24:39).

The disciples at first thought He was a spirit but Jesus offered sensory evidence of three kinds in order to convince the disciples that He was a real, material being. Sight, hearing, and the sense of touch were combined to provide assurance that He was a real being and not an apparition.

Luke-24-40“>”When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. Luke-24-41″>But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?”  So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence” (Luke 24:40-43). After the disciples felt Him and watched Him eat, 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).

After His incarnation, Jesus will forever have His body and thus be linked with humanity as well as being divine. He will bear the marks of crucifixion in His hand and feet forever. And in the resurrected glorified body of Jesus, we have the hope of what we will be like in the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:22, 23; cf. 1 John 3:1, 2).

In His service,

The BibleAsk Team

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