““Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at My hands. Look at My feet. You can see that it’s really Me. Touch Me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.””
If Jesus didn’t physically rise again in bodily form, why would we worship Him? It would be the biggest farce and cover up of all time. The Pharisees even tried to cover up Jesus’ physical resurrection, claiming that the disciples had somehow robbed the tomb in the middle of the night. Even to this day, there are many who do not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus. However if Jesus didn’t rise again in the flesh, then His death on the cross would have been celebrated as a Martyr’s death and Jesus would be remembered as just a good leader.
Furthermore, His work would not be finished. He hung on the cross taking all our sins, and died in our place. But it is in His resurrection that we find forgiveness and freedom from our sins. Jesus demonstrated that the ultimate price of sin, death, was not only paid for, but defeated when He rose again. Jesus proved that sin, death (the result and punishment for sin), was overcome in His resurrected body. Death now is no longer the end but the beginning of a new life. Choose the Author of life. Have no fear. He is resurrected.