By   •   July 25, 2007   •   Topics: ,


Why did Jesus stay around for 40 days after He came back from the grave, instead of going immediately into heaven? This came up in our Bible class the other day and no one seemed to have an answer.


One reason Jesus stayed on earth for 40 days after His resurrection instead of ascending immediately into heaven was to demonstrate to His followers that He truly was alive.

After all, they knew the Roman authorities had put Jesus to death, and that His body had been taken down from the cross and sealed in a tomb. And when that happened, they were filled with despair and fear; many even went into hiding. They had believed Jesus was the promised Messiah – and now their hopes were shattered. They had forgotten His promise that He would return from the grave, and they felt they had no future.

But when Jesus appeared among them after the resurrection, their lives were changed. The greatest miracle in all history had just taken place: Jesus Christ was alive! During those 40 days, He appeared to various groups of disciples, proving beyond doubt to them that he had been raised from the dead by the power of God. Over two decades later, the Apostle Paul wrote that “he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living” (1 Corinthians 15:6).

Another reason, however, why Jesus stayed on earth then was to teach His disciples, and prepare them for the task of telling the world about Christ. Is your faith in the risen Christ, and are you seeking to share His message of salvation with others?

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  1. Dana Jarrett says:

    I would love to receive the BGEA ministry update, thank you for making this information available.

  2. eldiens elisha says:

    this is great it really helps in true teachings God bless you

  3. Apostle Emem Essien says:

    Shalom!pls I want to hear from thru my email. Remain bless.

  4. john omwoyo says:

    Kindly send me bible teachings.thanks.

  5. Kris says:

    Thank you for your explanation of critical times in the Bible!

  6. george says:

    Thank God for,Jesus. And that He raised Him from the dead

  7. Jesse Kiome says:

    These messages are encouraging and teaching about jesus’s 40 days stay after Resurrection is Amazing grace

  8. Lindile says:

    Let God’s redemptive purpose take over in your life and allow the Cornerstone that was rejected to give u Spiritual Power. Amen.

  9. Godfrey says:

    Teach me the God ways

  10. Leonard Waldner says:

    Jesus the only redeemer not even death could hold him. Mighty power