Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jesus- A Body Without our Limitations

John records the resurrection of Jesus in somewhat different details, remembering one of the main focuses of his writing was to bring to light the error of the gnostic teaching. John gives vivid accounts of Jesus touching people and being touched by people. I mentioned the washing and anointing of his feet as a powerful visual point.

After the resurrection John gives us some details that continue to emphasize his theme of Jesus being the incarnate Christ. At the tomb Jesus appears to Mary, at her moment of recognition she atempts to cling to Jesus and does not want to let him go. She reports to the disciples that Jesus is alive, much to their unbelief. In a manner that is unable to be explained, Jesus appears in the midst of the group. The record of John is that the doors were closed and locked because the disciples were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Obviously, the disciples rejoiced and then believed, all but Thomas, who was missing. Days later Jesus appears in like manner and invites Thomas to touch his scars and believe.

The other occasion that needs discussion takes place on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. A few of the disciples fish all night and have nothing to show for their efforts. Jesus was on the shore and instructs the fishermen to cast the nets on the other side of the boat. A great catch fills the net and John recognizes Jesus as the one on the shore. On the beach the men find bread, and fish cooking on an open fire. Jesus breaks bread and fish and the men eat.

Now, some things are beyond explanation. Beyond explanation because our knowledge is limited to what we know of this world and the dimensions that we are bound in. Jesus was in possession of a body that is unlike any other. The post resurrection body was now beyond corruption, decay, any and all influences that might render it weak or susceptible. Yet, he was able to move in and out of our physical reality at will. So, in fact his body did not answer to the physical rules of this world. And again, his body still was in a physical form. He could be touched and held on to, he broke bread and fish and ate breakfast.

It is important at this point, to not discount what we do not understand or can explain. I do not understand microwave technology yet I depend on the microwave. I have no understanding of modern digital electronic technology that our world depends on. I depend on my computer and many other devices, even though I do not understand them.

On the last post I made an error in naming Phillip instead of James as the half-brother of Jesus.

1 comment:

  1. I notice that you did not address 2 things which I have had questions about with reference to a resurrection body.

    The first is: John 20:17
    "Jesus said, 'Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father.' "

    The second is: John 21

    4 When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn't recognize him.

    5 Jesus spoke to them: "Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?"

    They answered, "No."

    In this last instance the disciples neither recognized his appearance nor his voice.