Does Jesus have a physical or a spiritual body?


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“…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. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord” (John 20:19, 20).

After the resurrection, the scriptures tell us that Jesus appeared to His disciples with a gloried physical body. And He confirmed that He was not a spirit that doesn’t have flesh and blood:

“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.”  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 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 24:36-43).

And to the doubting Thomas, Jesus said, “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). The apostle John narrated how Jesus prepared and had breakfast with His disciples by the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1-14). Jesus also appeared with His physical body and eat with the disciples that were traveling to Emmaus “Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them” (Luke 24:30).

And just before Jesus ascended to heaven, the angels said to the disciples “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Thus, confirming that Jesus will come again in the same physical body with which the disciples identified Him.

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