After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to his disciples and spent time with them before ascending to heaven. But how long did he stay with them? Let’s explore this question in detail.
The Resurrection of Jesus
On the third day after his crucifixion, Jesus rose from the dead. He appeared to Mary Magdalene, the other women who had come to the tomb, and later to Peter and two disciples on the road to Emmaus. By evening, he had appeared to all of his apostles except Thomas.
Jesus Appears to Thomas
A week later, Jesus appeared again to his apostles, this time with Thomas present. It was during this appearance that Thomas famously declared, “My Lord and my God!”
(John 20:28). This is the last recorded appearance of Jesus before his ascension.
Jesus’ Time With His Disciples
So how long did Jesus spend with his disciples after his resurrection? The Bible doesn’t give us an exact timeline, but we do know that he was with them for at least 40 days.
In Acts 1:3, it says that “he presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” During this time, he taught them about the kingdom of God and gave them instructions for continuing his work after he was gone.
After these 40 days, Jesus led his disciples out as far as Bethany and blessed them. And while he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven (Luke 24:50-51). This event is known as the ascension.
In conclusion, Jesus spent at least 40 days with his disciples after his resurrection. During this time, he appeared to them several times and taught them about the kingdom of God. His ascension marked the end of his physical presence on earth, but his teachings and legacy continue to impact people to this day.