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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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214 Comments

  1. Putinungsang says:

    I believe that he has risen but my question is why He took another 40 days after resurrection? Any significant in the number 40? or why He chose to stay for 40 days?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi,

      Here is Billy Graham’s answer to your question:

      My Answer

  2. Ugyen wangdi says:

    Thank u so much for the above mention points.
    Yes i am ever Ready to do whatever the Lord wants me to do. I am saved by him. He died for my sin and everything I have to date like health, wealth, etc is all because of Lord Jesus Christ. I am Ready to take the cross on my shoulder and carry it.

  3. Pastpt Elijaj N.Anderson says:

    I agreed on these facts and realities of Jesus spending his 40 days after his. resurrection. To add up to what you said, is to proved to those who crucify him and the world that he is the resurrecting Lord. The 40 day spent on earth was for his disciples to experience the power taken from the enemy the devil give to back to them.

  4. evans says:

    I still believe that Thomas had reasons to doubt. After all he was human. Why do we want to believe what we can’t see and touch, it’s not wrong, its human nature.

  5. Cabo says:

    There is a mystery behind the death of Christ