The Bible teaches that Christ rose from the grave bodily. His body was a physical, material organism, just like any other human body. Therefore, it follows that Christ rose in a physical, material body. However, this simple truth is being confused by some who redefine clear terms and contend that Christ arose bodily; but not in a material body.
First of all, the Bible declares that the same body placed in Jesus’ tomb on Good Friday emerged from it on Easter Sunday. The body placed there was a physical, material body. Hence, it follows that the risen body was also that same physical, material body.
Second, the resurrection body is described as a material body. Jesus said it had “flesh and bones” (Luke 24:39). It had the scars from His crucifixion on it (John 20:27) and even ate physical food (Luke 24:42, 43). People saw Him with their naked eyes and touched Him with their hands (Matt. 28:9).
Furthermore, Scripture informs us that Jesus came in the “flesh” (John 1:14) and was resurrected in the same “flesh” (see Luke 24:39; Acts 2:3). Doctrine which denies “that Jesus Christ has come [and remains] in the flesh” is not of God (1 John 4:2).
The Importance of the Bodily Resurrection
Few doctrines are more crucial to Christianity than the bodily resurrection of Christ. It is at the very heart of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1–5). Without the resurrection there is no salvation (Rom. 10:9), and the whole of Christianity crumbles if it is not true (1 Cor. 15:12–19). The Bible proclaims plainly that three days after His crucifixion, Jesus permanently vacated His tomb. The angel said, “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matt. 28:6).
 Geisler, N. L. (1992). The battle for the resurrection (26–27). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers.
Published on Friday, September 6, 2013 @ 4:57 AM CDT