There would be something fully tragic in consigning a beautiful powerful beast like a bull elephant to pulling a Tinker Toy for the rest of its life.
In Jesus, in Him personally, we see God’s eternal purpose regarding humans (Colossians 1:15-16), all things were created for Him and by the resurrection He was designated God’s Son (Romans 1:4), declared to be the Supreme One (Colossians 1:18) and the firstborn among many He counts brothers (Romans 8:29-30; Hebrews 2:11-15).
The resurrected Lord remains human. Showing His wounds and saying, “Don’t be afraid, it’s Me” (Luke 24:36-39; John 20:19-20) and identifies Himself as the same Lord Jesus they had always known. Not a clone, not a “something non-human” or “a spirit which does not have flesh and bones,” nor a substitute for Jesus. Thomas sees the wounds, is invited to examine them so as to be assured that this was indeed the very Jesus that was crucified, their Teacher and Master. But the wounds were not on a corpse; they were not on the corpse of their beloved Teacher, Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 2:23; John 1:45; 20:27-28). The human now standing before them very much alive, is Jesus of Nazareth, (adopted) son of Joseph, son of Adam, Luke 3:23, 38). This human, the one who is now glorified in resurrection has not jettisoned humanness but has exalted it above Sin and Death and corruption in all its forms (see Acts 13:33-37; Romans 6:6-11). He the resurrected and deathless one, and He alone, is the assurance of our glorious resurrection to immortality (Romans 6:6-11 with 1 John 3:1-2; Philippians 3:20-21).
The resurrected Lord Jesus, is the same and yet not the same! He is the human Jesus still but He is now the glorified and immortal Jesus who has raised the meaning of humanness to a new and up to now an unknown mode of glorious being (2 Timothy 1:8-10). In His own person He is and reveals this!
This human who is God incarnate and remains God incarnate forever, is in His very self the everlasting witness of God’s reconciliation with humanity that had rejected Him and became the palace home of Sin that reigned over it through Death (Romans 8:3 with 5:12, 21). He, Himself without sin, was sent by the Father bearing the self-same human nature that was dominated by Sin and Death, to condemn Sin (and Death) in humanity. He condemned it by His own sinless life before God and Man and condemned it by living through suffering to the point of dying and then rising (8:11-17, 29).
The incarnation, the sinless life, the self-giving death and the resurrection all, as a single human experience (Jesus’) are God’s way of saying to the world, “In Jesus of Nazareth and His union with Me I have nullified the reign of Sin & Death and I did it for humankind. In a faith relation to Him Sin and Death have been rendered impotent. To continue to choose to live “in the flesh” is to reject life (Romans 8:12-13) but if by faith you embrace Him in His death and resurrection you will live (8:10-13 with 6:3-11).
(Holy One, help us in the glorious Lord Jesus to see and rejoice in and speak truths that are worthy of your greatness and faithful love. Do it for us and in the light of your wondrous Self deliver us from our childish pleasure in thoughts that are not worthy of you. This prayer in Jesus our blessed Lord and Savior.)