I’m pulling this out of the combox to illustrate an unintentional reductio ad absurdum:
You are operating from an unproven assumption that Jesus' resurrected body could not do things that His physical body could not do without it compromising the fact of the resurrection. I would argue that is sheer nonsense.
No, I’m objecting specifically to an ethereal body. A docetic or Gnostic resurrection.
I’m also objecting to the glib assumption that we must ascribe certain dominical miracles to properties of Christ’s body, rather than Christ’s omnipotence.
Christ’s resurrected body could not perish, it could not decay…
That wouldn’t be a case of what his body can or can’t do, but what can’t be done to his body. Different principle.
...it did not require food.
Why assume a glorified body doesn’t require food? Does the Bible say that? No.
I suppose he doesn’t think a glorified body needs oxygen.
This is how a physical resurrection dies the death of a thousand negations. Is his body still a biological organism? If so, why assume it doesn’t need food?
In fact, there are a number of radical differences between Christ’s physical body and His resurrected body.
There are certainly important differences.
Christ’s physical body walked on water. That defies the laws of gravity.
But is that a property of his body? Could he walk on water because his body was naturally buoyant? Was his body made of cork or Styrofoam?
This confuses what a body can do with what can be done with a body. Jesus could do things with his body that we can’t, not because he had a custom-made Superhero body, but because he was (and is) omnipotent.
Keep in mind, too, that he could walk on water before the Resurrection. So did he have one kind of custom-made, Superhero body before the Resurrection, and a different custom-made Superhero body after the Resurrection? Or is it a mistake to attribute these abilities to his body?
His resurrected body ascended up into the sky.
Is that because his body is lighter than air? Was his body a helium balloon, covered by skin?
For that matter, was Jesus unable to levitate before the Resurrection? If he wanted to levitate before the Resurrection, would he be unable to do so?
What about Jesus glowing in the dark at the Transfiguration? Is this because his body was made of zinc sulfide or strontium aluminate?
This whole approach fails to distinguish what his body could do with what he could do with his body. As God Incarnate, Jesus didn’t need a special kind of body to do special things with his body. What that requires is not a special kind of body, but a special kind of power.
How did Phillip find himself in the desert?...Was not Phillip's experience just as mysterious? I would be willing to say that Phillip could equally be said to have vanished.
And is that a special property of Phillip’s body? If you did a body scan, would you discover something about the composition of his body, or a special internal organ, which enabled him to do that? Or is this something God did to Phillip?
This is an example of how some Christians unwittingly sabotage the integrity of the Resurrection. They end up giving us a “body” that’s indistinguishable from a nonbody.
Here I’ll add something I said to another commenter:
Let’s approach it in reverse. What makes a body vulnerable to harm? What makes a body destructible? The fact that a body can be affected by external agents. Conversely, if a body is invulnerable or indestructible, that means it can’t be affected by external agents.
But that comes at a cost. An invulnerable body is an insensate body. The senses must be sensitive to function. The senses can’t sense unless they can be affected by outside factors. Unless they can register or absorb stimuli.
Light that’s too bright hurts our eyes. Noise that’s too loud hurts our ears. Food can be too hot or spicy.
A quick way to temporarily disable a man is to kick him in the groin. In theory, that part of the male anatomy could be made impervious to pain or harm. However, that would totally desensitize the area in question, and most men would rather remain vulnerable–for having a sensitive anatomy in that department has widely reported fringe benefits.
An embodied soul, a soul united to an invulnerable body, would be a mind imprisoned in a block of steel-reinforced concrete. A mind sealed away from sensory perception. By making it impregnable to harm, one makes it impregnable to being on the receiving end of the physical world.