“If the Lord’s resurrection body still had pierced hands (John 20:25-27), does that mean amputees will still be missing limbs in heaven?”
I’m sure you’re asking this because you know that our resurrection bodies will be like the Lord’s resurrection body (Phil. 3:20,21). With that in mind, it is interesting to read that He was able to change the “form” of His resurrection body (Mark 16:12). He changed it so dramatically, He was able to render it unrecognizable to those Emmaus Road disciples (cf. Luke 24:13-32). This would suggest that amputees can likewise change their form in heaven and once again enjoy the use of limbs they lost in life. This would also suggest that believers who die in old age needn’t go unrecognized in heaven to those who only knew them as children here on earth.
This ability to change forms additionally implies that those who die as infants needn’t remain infants in heaven. God knows what all who die before the age of accountability would look like had they lived to adulthood (cf. Psa. 139:16), so you would think infants would be able to change into that form in heaven. And since the Bible teaches that a miscarriage is the loss of a “life” (Ex. 21:22,23), Christian parents who have suffered this heartbreak can find comfort in the blessed hope of someday getting to know the children they lost.
What a wonderful hope is ours as believers!
To the Reader:
Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:
"It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles."
To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you'll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.