How Long Was Jesus With His Disciples After He Rose?

After Jesus’ resurrection, he spent a considerable amount of time with his disciples. The Bible mentions several instances where they interacted and shared meals. However, the exact duration of Jesus’ stay with his disciples after he rose is not explicitly mentioned.

The Appearance of Jesus to His Disciples

After Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, he appeared to his disciples on several occasions. In one instance, he appeared to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb (John 20:14-16).

Later that day, he appeared to ten of his disciples who were gathered in a locked room (John 20:19-23). Thomas was not present during that appearance and doubted the news when informed by others.

A week later, Jesus appeared again to all the disciples including Thomas (John 20:26-29). During this appearance, Thomas saw the wounds on Jesus’ body and believed in him. These appearances show that Jesus was present with his disciples for at least a few weeks after his resurrection.

The Great Commission

One significant event that occurred after Jesus’ resurrection was the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commissions his disciples to go into all nations and make disciples. He also promises to be with them always until the end of time.

This commissioning took place before Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), which means that it happened within a short duration after his resurrection. This event shows that Jesus spent some time with his disciples before ascending into heaven.

The Ascension

Jesus’ ascension into heaven is recorded in Acts 1:9-11. After spending some time with his disciples, he led them out to Bethany where he blessed them and was taken up into heaven. This event marks the end of Jesus’ physical presence on earth after his resurrection.

Conclusion

From the above instances, we can infer that Jesus spent at least a few weeks with his disciples after his resurrection. However, the exact duration is not mentioned in the Bible. Regardless of the duration, Jesus’ resurrection and presence with his disciples had a profound impact on their lives and cemented their faith in him as the Son of God.

  • Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb (John 20:14-16).
  • Jesus appeared to ten of his disciples who were gathered in a locked room (John 20:19-23).
  • Jesus appeared again to all the disciples including Thomas (John 20:26-29).

References:

  1. John 20:14-16
  2. John 20:19-23
  3. John 20:26-29
  4. Matthew 28:18-20
  5. Acts 1:9-11