Did Jesus’ resurrected body retain all the scars?

Question:Your thoughts please. When Jesus resurrected and was seen by the disciples, he retained the scars of the nails. I’m curious about scars for the other injuries he sustained, the crown, the spear, the scourging.

Why would he retain the scars of anything? Is the premise that his actual body resurrected? If so, shouldn’t he have been fairly hideous to behold what with all those holes and missing flesh and such? It seems that those on the road to Emmaus would have been really shocked. If not, then why did he retain just those particular scars? Just for Thomas?

Answer:My understanding is that those particular scars (which according to Jn. 20:20,27 include the spear wound) were kept on an otherwise completely restored body in order to remind of what he went through for us. It seems the body he now has is somehow related to the original one, but has unusual properties not normal to our bodies at present. It seems that on the road to Emmaus it was an act of the Father or Jesus himself that kept the disciples from recognizing him (Lk. 24:16). But normally, when he made an appearance, as to the disciples in the upper room, they immediately recognized him. There is a lot of information not given us which keeps us curious. Paul only explains that the “body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body” (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).

Randall Johnson


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