Is Jesus still in a human body like ours?

From the moment Jesus died his body changed. Up to that point he was like any other human being, “made in human likeness,” Philippians 2:7, and in that human likeness he “became obedient to death – even death on a cross,” verse 8. So the body Jesus came in could die, just like our humans bodies die.

But something happened to Jesus’ body after he died, because he “was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay,” Acts 2:31. Unlike our human bodies Jesus’ body did not start to break down or decompose. John and Peter found no decaying body on the third day after Jesus’ death either. Instead, “God has raised this Jesus to life,” verse 32.

But what kind of body was Jesus raised to life in? There are hints again that it was different to the body he died in, because when Jesus spoke to Mary “outside the tomb” in John 20:11, she “turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize it was Jesus.” Instead, she thought “he was the gardener,” verses 14-15, and she didn’t recognize Jesus’ voice to begin with either, so there was clearly something different about him. He still appeared human, but not like the human he was before his death.

“A week later” Jesus suddenly materialized in the room where his disciples were gathered, even though “the doors were locked,” verse 26. Jesus’ resurrected body could pass right through a locked door without opening it. No wonder the disciples thought “they saw a ghost” when Jesus suddenly “stood among them,” Luke 24:3736.

Did that mean Jesus actually looked like a ghost, then? No, because as Jesus himself said in verse 39, ” a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” So Jesus still had the typical structure of a human body that made him recognizably human, but his body also operated beyond the bounds of physical laws, as we see in verse 51, when “he left them and was taken up into heaven.”

He was still in a human body when he lifted off the earth and rose into the sky. His body could defy gravity. And in a similar incident, or perhaps the same one, in Acts 1:9, “he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” Again, he was still in his human form, but it could fly like Superman.

The disciples were then told in verse 11 that Jesus “will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Jesus left them in a human-like body, so that’s the body he will return in too. It’s different, yes, but still very human.

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