Thursday, December 22, 2005

Resurrection, part 19

I have a few last thoughts. Resurrection in Jewish thought always involved a body vacating its grave. If the first Christians had meant anything like being tranformed into spirits, they would not have used the word "resurrection." Resurrection is essential to Christianity. Without it, we have no hope. Jesus did not conquer death for us if he did not rise from the dead. If Jesus' resurrection were just a metaphor for Christ's continued presence in our memories and inspiration, there wouldn't be a clear indication in the scripture of a series of appearances that suddenly stopped. Since Jesus was raised bodily from the dead, we will be raised bodily from the dead. Our bodies will be like his body with all knew groovy things. I can't help but wonder if we'll be able to appear and disappear like Jesus did.

Now I want to make a summary of the arguments for Jesus' bodily resurrection. I did this to make it easy to remember.

1. Empty tomb argument:
a. If Jesus did not raise his actual body that he died in, then the empty tomb cannot be used as evidence for his resurrection.
b. Both the angels and the apostles used the empty tomb as evidence for Jesus' resurrection.
C. Therefore, Jesus raised his actual body that he died in.

2. Scars as proof argument:
a. If the body Jesus appeared in was not the same body that died, then the scars on the appearance body do not prove that it was Jesus himself who had risen.
b. Jesus showed his scars to prove that he had risen.
c. Therefore, Jesus was raised with the same body he died in.

3. The temple argument:
a. Jesus said, "if you destroy this temple, I will raise it up in three days."
b. By "this temple," Jesus meant his physical body.
c. Therefore, Jesus meant, "if you destroy my physical body, I will raise my physical body in three days."

4. Flesh and bones argument:
a. A spirit does not have flesh and bones.
b. Jesus' body has flesh and bones.
c. Therefore, Jesus' body was not a spirit.

5. Definition argument:
a. If the apostles had not meant that Jesus was raised physically from the dead, they would not have called it a resurrection.
b. The apostles did call it a resurrection.
c. Therefore, the apostles meant that Jesus was raised physically from the dead.

6. 1 Corinthians 15 argument, several points:
a. The body that rises is the same body that died.
b. The distinction between the body that died and the resurrection body is not a distinction in substance, but in properties.
c. The resurrection body puts on properties, like immortality; it doesn't lose properties, like physicality.
d. There is continuity between the seed that is planted and the plant that grows from it, and Paul uses the seed/plant analogy to talk about the resurrection body.

Silly me! I was having such fun with this topic that I even came up with an acronym to remember some of these arguments. If we want to argue for the bodily resurrection of Jesus, then we want to use the BEST arguments we have.

Bones
Empty tomb
Scars
Temple

The end.

4 Comments:

At 12/23/2005 12:26 AM , Blogger Steve said...

Merry Christmas Sam!

-s

 
At 12/23/2005 1:13 AM , Blogger ephphatha said...

Merry Christmas, Steve! :-)

 
At 12/29/2005 10:19 AM , Blogger Sprocket said...

Good post!

You mentioned scars ...

Might the 'scars' still be actual unhealed wounds, thus being an ever-present fresh reminder to God as to what Christ has done?

Zechariah 13:6
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands?

John 20
24 And Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came;

25 the other disciples, therefore, said to him, `We have seen the Lord;' and he said to them, `If I may not see in his hands the mark of the nails, and may put my finger to the mark of the nails, and may put my hand to his side, I will not believe.'

26 And after eight days, again were his disciples within, and Thomas with them; Jesus cometh, the doors having been shut, and he stood in the midst, and said, `Peace to you!'

27 then he saith to Thomas, `Bring thy finger hither, and see my hands, and bring thy hand, and put [it] to my side, and become not unbelieving, but believing.'

28 And Thomas answered and said to him, `My Lord and my God;'

Luke 24:39
see my hands and my feet, that I am he; handle me and see, because a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me having.'

- The Lamb stands in Revelation 5 as slain.
- The Lord demonstrates that he has 'something' to which Thomas can put his finger into
- The Lord shed his blood - he only had flesh and bones ... no blood no real healing (in the natural sense)

Am I off-base to view it this way?

In any case I repeat: Great post!

 
At 12/02/2006 1:58 PM , Blogger drRic said...

This series on the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the best posts I ever come across and may Christ continue to strengthen and reveal more of Himself in you to the glory of GOD our FATHER. Many confused ones,even our doubting brothers and sisters need to look on this series and be encouraged and to take comfort in knowing, and believing that the love of our FATHER never,never,never will fail us, and HE is the only ONE we can put any type of trust in. Glory be to our GREAT GOD through HIS precious Son! Keep the faith and let the Lord give you more revelations of truth as your light continues to shine. Seek and you shall surely find that GOD is a rewarder of them that diligently seek HIM. Stay blessed, my brother.

 

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