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. Dennis Wilson says:

    May the Lord be with everyone, may His grace be your light in the darkness that can surround us at times.

  2. l.w.vest says:

    Why so long after the cross, was the gospels written?

    1. Bryan timberlake says:

      They went around preaching the gospel. It was only like 40 or 50 years after he rose. They set up churches and then they wrote letters to the churches on how to live and what was the way because lies started coming in.

  3. Paul Carmody says:

    What did Jesus tell his disciples in the 40 days following his resurrection. Did He later tell apostle Paul anything that He did not tell his disciples, I know Paul had a further revelation of the why of the cross and laid out the epistles. Why would Jesus not have told his disciples everything that He told Paul? Were there any other teachings he would have told his disciples other than what they saw and heard from Him during his ministry of 3 1/2 years or was He simply showing himself alive and evidently He showed himself to over 500 other people. Please help me understand this if you can. Thanks,,,Paul Carmody

    1. Mandy says:

      John said that if all the things Jesus taught were written down the world would not be large enough to contain the books. Paul’s history and perspective was different than the ones who walked with Jesus before His resurrection, but he message and revelation is simple. Jesus Christ crucified; Jesus Christ resurrected. All for love that we might walk in His fullness on earth, in intimacy with Him loving Him and others as He taught.

  4. Ohis says:

    Christ is the only reason life has a meaning. Realy dont know what life would have been without this precious gift of GOD that has reconciled us to the father. Just want all to know that without the knowledge of christ all knowledge is futile in other words, the only way to live safe from the blindnes of this present world into the the light of the world to come is through the knowlege of life which christ is!