Will Your Heavenly Body Be Perfect?

I recently heard someone say “I can’t wait until I get my new body.”

They were referring to the idea that when Jesus returns we will receive a brand new body (see 1 Corinthians 15).

The Bible says that the resurrection of Jesus was the prototype for our own resurrection. When Jesus was resurrected, he showed himself to the disciples and told Thomas to put his hand in the wound in Jesus side.

Jesus’ body was obviously different. He could walk through walls and you could put your hand in his wounds without causing him pain. And yet he still ate with the disciples.

I don’t think that having a glorified body means a perfectly whole body. If our resurrection is like the resurrection of Jesus, then we will still have our scars, we will still have our wounds.

And I think that’s good.

Our wounds tell a story. Our scars are the markers of our lives. I don’t think we would want our wounds to be gone. They are medals of God’s faithfulness in our lives.

Your scars might be the only way people will know it’s you. The difference, I think, will be that the wounds will no longer cause us pain.

This time, they will shine the light.

About Matthew Thisse

Matthew Thisse is a Jesus follower, single father, associate pastor, and corporate trainer. He is a former Evangelical and a failed fundamentalist.

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