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When I'm resurrected, will I have a body like Jesus?

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.  Luke 24:37-42

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Luke 24:50-51

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.  John 21:19-20

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”  John 20:26-27

            From these verses, we discover these facts about Jesus’ resurrected body:
  • He had hands and feet
  • He ate
  • He ascended
  • He could appear in a closed room
  • He had scars from his crucifixion

Does that mean we will have the same characteristics?

We will have hands and feet, all the physical traits we had as a human (and for those who didn’t have either, they will be whole). 

We will be able to eat, so we’ll have some kind of intestinal tract.

Can we ascend?  Well, Jesus walked around with his resurrected body on an old earth.  We will walk around with our resurrected bodies on a new earth.  Will gravity be a factor?  Hard to say. 

Can we appear wherever we want?  Again the new world properties could differ and allow us transport since we aren’t confined by time, space and matter.  Maybe.

Will we have our scars?  Jesus’ scars healed us.  They are testimonies to his love.  Our scars hurt us, revealing the imperfection of this world.  More than likely ours are healed while Jesus’ scars will be reminders.  Why would God want us to walk around for eternity with reminders about our sinful past?  Unlikely.

While Jesus’ body was a model for our resurrected body, it’s hard to say if we get all the special qualities he received or whether some characteristics are reserved for him alone.


Either way, we will be pleased with what we have.