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. Kenneth Rodriguez says:

    If Jesus had done his job convincing the people he was the savior, why did he have to continue doing that? Didn’t they believe the first time?

    1. Stephen Joiner says:

      Kenneth, you had a good post. The purpose of Jesus coming back for 40 days WAS NOT to prove he was the Saviour. He is already past that. He is addressing the “resurrection” which was a major controversy among the Jews. He was showing that there will be a resurrection and that it will be our REAL BODY. The 40 days is something special to God as that takes place on for different purposes both in the New Testament and in the Old Testament.

  2. Cesar L. Bautista says:

    I am very much satisfied with the reasons and that clarified of some doubt. I will share this to my church mates and collegues. Thank you.

  3. Juanny says:

    Praise GOD. How beautiful it is to make discoveries in the word of God. It just makes my heart bubble. 😃😃🙏🏽😃😃

  4. Bishop Rodney Bennett says:



    Thankyou for this Information I’m a spirit filled Christian and I’m in the process of studying the Lord’s word through Pastor Clarence Hardin, I have my own Bible but Clarence de-code’s it for me, Any Information is greatly received Thankyou

  6. majesty says:

    the Holy Spirit had to come when people had full knowledge of who Christ was and His purpose for our lives, therefore His stay was to equip them just as we need to be equipped daily.

  7. zoe says:

    Thank Jesus for the time you spend to teach us your father’s will. I’m very blessed.

  8. Claire Lane says:

    My belief has been that Jesus came back to life to prove to us that if we believe in him and obey his commandments, that we will not stay dead in a grave. We will come back to life just like he did. Only our body will decay but we will know that we are in a most beautiful place and happy in heaven with him.