Resurrection Warping

We don’t catch a lot of glimpses of the resurrected body in the Bible, but when we do, it tends to operate in very strange ways. For instance, once Jesus’ body was put in the tomb, a bunch of soldiers were appointed to guard it to ensure that nobody stole his body. Since Jesus had said he would rise again, the religious leaders wanted to make sure no one could take his corpse and claim that he had been raised back to life.

But intriguingly, Jesus’ body already wasn’t in the tomb. Once an angel chased the guards away and opened the large rock sealing the tomb, he proclaimed, “He’s not here.”

Okay… so where’d he go?

Apparently the resurrected body has a certain “warping” ability to it, for we continue to see Jesus perform this wonder throughout the end of the gospels. In this case, he walked through a tomb made of rock. In another case, after eating with some disciples he just vanished at will. Then, when looking for some other disciples, he just appeared right in the locked room with them. These stories are not coincidence, and all the more reason I think Paul calls the resurrection body, “spiritual”—because, though they’re physical like bodies, they can behave like spirits. In the end, Heaven and Earth not only become one in our world, but in our bodies too, giving us certain spiritual/angelic qualities.


*This devotional was created out of the themes of Matthew 27:45-54 found in today’s reading at CommonPrayer.net. Check it out for greater detail. Below are the various AI-created pictures I typed into existence via Mid Journey to mock up artwork for today’s post.

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