Acts 1:6-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” 7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”
When Jesus ascended into the sky from earth, what happened to his physical body? I know he had a physical body at that point because he let people touch him. At 30k feet or so there isn’t enough oxygen to survive and it’s freezing. So, would he have disconnected his spirit from his body? And then would his body fall back to earth or burn up in the atmosphere? I asked a Christian this question and he said at that point Jesus had “a glorified body” similar to the ones we will get when we go to heaven. So since the Bible does explicitly state that “he was taken up into a cloud” and the only way that could happen was with a super body, let’s assume that’s the case.
When Jesus ascended into the sky, where did he go? Obviously heaven right? So then where’s heaven? Is it above our sky? According to the Acts passage, it is apparently in the sky or our sky can open up a window to see it.
But what if heaven is outside space and time or in another dimension as some Christians claim? The Bible doesn’t seem to address this as far as I’m aware and in fact seems to say that heaven is above the sky but let’s assume it’s outside our known universe. Why bother dragging a physical body from earth to heaven? After all, aren’t we told that when we die, we just pop into heaven or hell as a soul? I would have thought Jesus would have said “I’m going to heaven now” and then his body would crumple to the ground (same as us – supposedly).
So let’s assume he had a good reason to drag his physical body up from earth into the sky/universe/other dimension/heaven. Why the heck would he want to? Before coming to earth, I’m assuming he was some kind of ethereal being unconstrained by any physical bounds. The only reason he had a body at all was the process of being born on earth. And clearly it’s now glorified but still scarred with holes in it and only 5-6 feet tall most likely. Seems awfully limiting.