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Since Jesus tomb was empty, he obviously arose in his material body, and throughout the Bible references to shutting the door at night, is the same as us locking the door at night since it is obvious in Acts 12:13-16 that Peter was unable to open the door until someone inside opened it for him.

Acts 12:13-16, KJV

13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

Yet in John 20 He appears inside a locked door in his physical body since Thomas was physically able to touch him.

John 20:26-27, KJV

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

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I don't understand the down votes since anything material is justt that. of course the deity jesus is not bound by the laws of physics, but the physical or material body of Jesus is, and obviously since something had changed between his telling Mary not to touch him until now when he tells Thomas to touch him. If I'M crazy just say so and I will go blissfully on my way, otherwise I would appreciate a thoughtful answer, and not some menial your'e so dumb comments. I don't ask questions just ask them, I really do appreciate it when people do not treat me as an imbicle and answer my questions. – BYE Nov 18 '13 at 17:28
I think this is better suited for BH. Does anyone else agree? – Simply a Christian Nov 18 '13 at 17:53
I think before anything there must be proof that Jesus walked through a locked door. It might well be that he was hiding in the house and only came out after the doors were locked. The verse can be read either way. – gideon marx Nov 18 '13 at 19:54
@ Gideon marx why didn't I think of him hiding in a closet – BYE Nov 18 '13 at 21:10
I'm a great fan of William of Occam and tend to look for the simplest explanations. In this case looking in the cupboard (or more likely, the courtyard) is the simplest. The verse does not say Jesus walked through the door. As other explanations are available there is no reason to assume a miracle. – gideon marx Nov 19 '13 at 6:46
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Great question! I'm sure it was a miracle because John would not have bothered to mention the locked doors otherwise.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’

John 20:19

So how did it happen? Jesus clearly had a physical body:

And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

Luke 24:41-43

So how did Jesus just appear in a different location? Well, this is not the only time in Scripture this has happened:

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and travelled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Acts 8:39-40

Here the Spirit of the Lord performed a miracle. Whether Jesus Himself in His resurrected body could perform miracles by Himself (which I suspect) or whether The Holy Spirit did it for Him, the conclusion must be - it was a miracle.

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I cannot imagine any other answer, unless as Andrew Leach says he dematerialized on the outside of the door and rematerialized on the inside. – BYE Nov 18 '13 at 21:16
The doors were locked for fear of the Jewish leaders. John explains why he mentions it. Read the verse in all its translations. Read John Gill and others. There is no walking through doors. That is in 'Casper the Friendly Gost'. Leave it there. I voted you down for implying that Jesus does party tricks. – gideon marx Nov 19 '13 at 6:55
@gideonmarx - I have no idea what you mean nor how you read that I was "implying that Jesus does party tricks." Would you please explain? Thank you for explaining the downvote. – Wikis Nov 19 '13 at 7:55
Party tricks like Casper. Or like magicians at the circus. Jesus did not do tricks. He did not walk through doors. He would have knocked. All his miracles had a point to them and it was not to amaze the crowds or the disciples. What would walking through a door have proved after he rose from the dead? Nothing. The point of the verse is that he had to hide from the aurhorities who said he was a magician that did party tricks (like walking through doors). – gideon marx Nov 19 '13 at 15:25
@ Gideon marx I cannot agree with your party tricks synopsis I am quite certain that Jesus did not and does not fear being killed again, since it could only be done the first time with his expressed consent, and after considering Wikis answer it seems to be the best scenario to suddenly appear among them in human form would dispel any misgivings by not only Thomas, but also any others who may have doubted his resurrection. We have no way of knowing if there were any unbelieving among them. – BYE Nov 19 '13 at 18:26

Jesus in his resurrected body is not bound by the physical laws of this realm. And that is the body all believers should hope for and are promised.

Beloved, now we are to be sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we will be, but we know that when He is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)

The above scripture implies that they were incapable of seeing Jesus as he is but there is hope that they will.

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The question itself is testament to his not being subject to physics, however his body had to be a physical reality if it could be touched. So the question remains as to how it suddenly appeared among his followers. not to be mean, but this does not answer my question. – BYE Sep 8 '15 at 12:05

Well, it's quite simple if you think about it. Let's use some logic here:

  1. God can do anything.
  2. Jesus is God.
  3. Therefore, Jesus can do anything.
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@ Dan the man That seems to be a funny answer to my question since when I asked if Jesus was subject to the laws of physics on Earth everyone seemed to fel that it was a stupid qustion and that the obvious answer was of course he was. So that leaves me n a quaandry since one of the laws of physics says that no two objects can occupy the same space at the same time. – BYE Nov 18 '13 at 17:17
@CecilBeckum What makes you think that he occupied the same space as something else (like a door)? This answer implies that he could do a Star Trek dematerialisation on one side of the door and reappear on the other. And, of course, there is an awful lot of empty space in an atom, so perhaps two objects can exist in what appears to be the same space. – Andrew Leach Nov 18 '13 at 19:46
@ Andrew please forgive me, but if I remember correctly from nucleonic classes in the Military that is what causes a nuclear explosion. – BYE Nov 20 '13 at 22:13

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