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By   •   July 25, 2007   •   Topics: ,

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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46 Comments

  1. Oju Robert says:

    I know I cannot thank Jesus enough for dying in my place and returning back to live leaving me with everlasting life

  2. Baliddawa Joet Francis says:

    I love your services.

  3. Judith Butchko says:

    I was just looking for the information on where Jesus went during the 40 days after his resurrection so I thank you.
    . I have followed your ministries since I was so very young . It is time we , as Christians started helping God by spreading the word when ever and where ever we can. The World has become such a Godless place ….it fills me with great sorrow to see this and our only weapon against Satan and his army …is Almighty God . God bless you and yours Billy Graham.

  4. Lana says:

    Thank you. Interesting

  5. Charles Mkhari says:

    I believe that Jesus died and resurrected from the grave. I surely believe that he won the fight against the enermy called death and i am accepting Chriest as my savior.

  6. Lorraine nkala says:

    I live for Jesus i have been through many difficulties in my life but because of Jesus of Nazareth im a living testimony

  7. Jerry says:

    Thank you.

  8. moon basumatary says:

    Jesus is my saviour he died for our sins through is blood we are cleansed

  9. Grayhorse says:

    Thank you.
    We need more men, woman and outlet’s to stand aboard this ship of life and tell all he is not dead.

  10. Aghedo Martins osas says:

    Thank God, Jesus died 4 our sins, to release those saint in hell becos he descended into hell 2 preach d gospel. 1st peter 3:18-19, Eph 4:9-20. his death nd resurrection has bring meaning into every christian lives.