After Jesus was crucified and buried, he resurrected from the dead on the third day, which is celebrated as Easter by Christians. While there are many accounts of his appearances to his disciples after his resurrection, the question remains – how long did Jesus walk the Earth after his resurrection?
The Bible mentions that Jesus appeared to his disciples and several other people over a period of 40 days after his resurrection. This is mentioned in Acts 1:3 which says “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.”
During these 40 days, Jesus made several appearances to his disciples. In John 20:19-23, we see that Jesus appeared to his disciples in a locked room where he showed them his hands and side, proving that he had indeed risen from the dead. In Luke 24:13-35, we see that Jesus walked with two disciples on their way to Emmaus and revealed himself to them when they broke bread together.
In addition to these appearances, Jesus also appeared to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18), Peter (Luke 24:34), and several other disciples (John 21:1-14). These appearances were not limited to just one location but happened in various places such as Jerusalem (John 20:26), Galilee (Matthew 28:16) and Emmaus (Luke 24:13).
However, despite these accounts of Jesus’ appearances for a period of 40 days after his resurrection, there is no mention in the Bible about how long he continued appearing before ascending into heaven. Some scholars believe that Jesus may have continued appearing even after the 40-day period but there is no concrete evidence to support this theory.
In conclusion, while we know that Jesus appeared for a period of 40 days after his resurrection, the exact length of time that he continued to walk on Earth remains uncertain. Nevertheless, the fact that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples is a crucial aspect of Christian belief and continues to be celebrated as a symbol of hope and new life.