Question: In answering a question in April, you said that the marks of Calvary will eternally be in Christ’s body, but you didn’t give proof from the Bible. Wouldn’t such scars mar His perfect resurrection body?
Response: Perhaps I was assuming too much on the part of readers. Sometimes my staff feels that I include too many Bible references, and in this case I left some out that should have been given.
There is no question that the marks of Calvary were in Christ’s body after the resurrection when He appeared to His disciples. What other meaning could there be to His statement to the disciples when He first appeared to them, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself...and... he shewed them his hands and his feet” (Lk 24:39-40)?
To doubting Thomas He said, “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands [i.e., the nail holes in them]; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side [i.e., the hole was large enough for Thomas’s hand to enter]: and be not faithless, but believing” (Jn:20:27).
That He is seen in heaven as the “Lamb as it had been slain” (Rv 5:6) could hardly be without the marks of Calvary, inasmuch as that is how He was slain. I hope this is helpful.