The Glorified Body Pt. 3

resurrection-2-1024x624 (2) Courtesy of Branches Catholic Ministries

The Bible is the most trusted record believers have of our Lord and Savior’s birth, His life’s ministry, His death on the Cross, and His Resurrection, the idea to begin part three of the Glorified Body with a demonstrative and compelling vision of what our resurrected bodies will look like and how we will function is fitting.

Picture this: You’re in church. The pastor recites Habakkuk 2:20, “the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth hush and be silent before Him.” An obedient hush cascades across the congregation. Just as the pastor opens his mouth to utter his premeditated sermon, harmonic gasps and high-spirited praises resound from the congregation throughout the sanctuary. The pastor, following thousands of awestruck gazes, turns around. He shouts, “Savior!” and falls to his knees.

Hard to imagine? Reading John 20:26-28 might help you see accurate details. “Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

Hard to imagine? Reading John 20:26-28 might help you see accurate details. “Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

The same day Jesus left his burial clothes inside the tomb, he not only showed Himself to Mary, but he also appeared to two of His believing followers leaving Jerusalem. He, as Luke 24:15 states, “came up and began walking with them” but “their eyes were miraculously prevented from recognizing Him” (v. 16).

In the Amplified Bible, Luke 24:36-43 attests to a separate account of Jesus’s appearance this way: “While they were talking about this, Jesus Himself [suddenly] stood among them and said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37 But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a spirit. 38 And He said, “Why are you troubled, and why are doubts rising in your hearts? 39 Look at [the marks in] My hands and My feet, [and see] that it is I Myself. Touch Me and see; a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.” 40 After saying this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 While they still did not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave Him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and He took it and ate it in front of them.”

To seal your hearts with the truth of Christ’s resurrected body I offer a few verses from the King James Version of the Gospel of John. In chapter 21. John reports a morning when Peter and the guys were out fishing. Jesus called from the shore, “Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No” (v, 5). Hearing this Jesus commands a miracle catch. Jesus said, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find” (v, 6). As Peter and the guys brought their miracle to shore, “they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread” (v, 9). After Jesus cooks a fire-roasted fish brunch for his beloved friends, He sits down and eats with them.

By now, the appearance and function of our resurrected bodies should be clear. The good news is that when Jesus calls us to Himself, our bodies will never die again, unlike Lazarus who eventually died again. Jesus is our glorified body template! As the Bible demonstrates, the altered electrons and protons that make up our flesh and spirit will give us the power to walk through solid matter; we will have the power to appear wherever and whenever we choose. We will have appetites and will retain our five senses, including the ability to think and to love.

However, not all Christian believers will receive a glorified body when Jesus returns. Carnal Christians, those who have heart idols, those who love sin more than they love God, those who are not born-again and fail to repent, shall suffer what Jesus declares four times in Matthew and once in Luke as “weeping and gnashing of teeth in outer darkness.”

Works Cited

Holy Bible. Zondervan, 2011.

“The Resurrection of the Body.” Branches Catholic Ministries, 4 Dec. 2015, go2branches.com/the-resurrection-of-the-body/.

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