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. Kwame says:

    Where was he staying for the 40 days ?

  2. Khanyi says:

    Thanks for such an explanation about the forty days after resurrection.

  3. Dereje Mengistu says:

    I found this helpful. I like to study the book of Acts. Please help me catch up with the history and the meaning of every verse.

  4. Gina says:

    I just love the way you explain things. I understand when you answer questions. Thank you for doing this.

  5. Gerry says:

    What role did the Holy Spirit do after Resurrection?

    1. BGEA says:

      Gerry, this article sheds some light on the work of the Holy Spirit:

  6. Uneke Ogbonna peace says:

    The greatest thing that happened to the lost man was the birth, death,and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. All we need do is to accept Him into your life as personal Lord and Savior and then continue to abide in Him by keeping his commandments. No other way to God except through His Son who is the way-the Truth, and Life. It is shocking that the world keep struggling with this truth to begin to make inventory of other gods to their doom.

  7. Lisa says:

    Need help

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for reaching out. A member of our team would love to talk with you. Please visit and click on the chat icon.

  8. Staci says:

    How do we know Jesus was on earth for forty days after his resurrection?

  9. Charles Muchimba says:

    I would like to hear further from you after reading about why Jesus Christ stayed for 40 days here on earth before his ascension to heaven.

    I wish you God’s love and grace.

  10. Mike says:

    Why don’t people recognize Jesus Christ it’s a proven fact He was on earth ! Yet there are those that refuse to recognise His existence.

    1. Brian Frazier says:

      There are a few reasons why people refuse to acknowledge Jesus. One, if they acknowledge that Jesus exists then they would have to acknowledge the existence of God. Two, Satin’s greatest lie was that he himself did not exist therefore, God does not exist and if there is no God, then there is no Trinity.