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By   •   July 25, 2007

Q:

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.


A:

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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21 Comments

  1. Michael ngobeni says:

    Jesus he didn’t deserve to die, cause he was a great man but he died for our sins.

  2. Mike says:

    I wonder why did they put jesus on a cross! It looks like jesus was a great men than everyone in the world, no one was better than him. He died for our sins.

  3. kali says:

    I think you’re all right.

  4. peace musa says:

    Amen!

  5. olajide daramola says:

    I love JESUS and I want to no him more.

  6. Matthew Hasnen says:

    Jesus said I desire to partake of the Passover before I become the Passover; He became the Passover on Passover. He lay in the ground in the very day of unleavened bread. He arose on the very day of Firstfruits. His disciples now knew this as he continued to teach during his 40 days of post-resurrectional ministry. He told them to wait for the Helper, for the Spirit; I’m going away, but will not leave you orphans. They knew that 10 days later was Pentecost on which the Spirit came. The entire redemptive career for Christ was fulfilled in these 4 spring feast; the first coming. Now is summer, the Church Age. The final prophetic 3 fall feasts are on their way; the second coming that shall start with the Blowing of Trumpets.

  7. Bryan Busensiek says:

    Jesus was temped 40 days before His ministry began. 40 is a time for testing and preparing. The number 40 pops up several times in scripture, with Israel in the wilderness of Sinai, with the story of Noah, Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah, it took forty days to complete the embalming of Jacobs body after he died, and so on. With that said, there were 40 days of preparation, and testing for Jesus, and then He begin His ministry. In like manner, there were 40 days for Jesus to test and prepare the disciples for their ministry after His resurrection. John 17:20 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;”

  8. Lis Alston says:

    AMEN

  9. Henry says:

    The forty days christ stayed on earth did He perform any miracle be Hi ascenssion.

  10. Carolyn Ivey says:

    Now I understand to help them to see they would never be alone he would send the holy spirit to help them after he ascended to heaven and to prepare a place for us