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. Sylvia says:

    Thanks for the answer because i was asked today and I didn’t know what say.

  2. Emmanuel Cabildo says:

    I have attended a few 40 days celebrations after the deaths of family and loved ones, but I have not heard the meaning of it until now. All I heard was the spirit of a person must stay on earth for 40 days before it could rise to heaven.

  3. Greg Kroehnert says:

    Jesus Christ gave the answer to this question himself. The Scriptures are His, and He fulfilled them, along with the feasts of Israel. Christ was sent to fulfill all righteousness. He stayed after the resurrection until the feast of Pentecost, at which time the Holy Spirit was given to the believers. The fulfillment of Scripture is the key. Of course Christ still lives today, at the right hand of the Father in heaven. He intercedes for you and me.

  4. Larry Clay says:

    I thank you for the information. I think again Christ is showing that he’s the real deal. As he did during the death of Lazarus, the people in the township showed rudeness toward him. So, he has to make them all believers. Thank you and may God continue to bless you.

  5. barbara says:

    I love what you did with this.

  6. hugo torrado says:

    In Matthew 28:20 Jesus commanded to observe only His teachings. Then why we observe Sundays or why we are not circumcised?

    1. Tiffany Jothen says:

      Hi, Hugo. Here’s a short message on the Sabbath from one of our ministry’s Facebook pages. It explains why some Christians celebrate on Sundays:

      – BGEA staff

  7. Evans Mong'are says:

    This is great, through this kind of message it will enable me to share this Good News to my neighbours here In Moyale Kenya, where it’s dominated by Islamic religion. God help you all!

  8. Peter says:

    I was just asking myself this question, glad it ended me up here….God bless you all

  9. Dianne Shaw says:

    The Bible is the most fascinating book ever written, you can study it forever and never unravel all the mysteries of God