How Many Days Did Jesus Stay Back After His Resurrection?

After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples and other followers several times before ascending to heaven. Many people wonder how long Jesus stayed back after His resurrection. Although the Bible doesn’t provide an exact number of days, we can estimate based on the accounts given in the four Gospels.

According to Matthew 28:1-20, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion and was seen by Mary Magdalene and the other Mary at the tomb. Later, He appeared to His disciples in Galilee where He gave them the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.

In Mark 16:1-20, it’s mentioned that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene and then to two of His disciples while they were walking in the countryside. Afterwards, He appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating and rebuked them for their unbelief.

Luke 24:1-53 provides a detailed account of Jesus’ appearances after His resurrection. It mentions that on the day of His resurrection, two of His disciples were walking on a road to Emmaus when Jesus approached them and explained how all that was written about Him had been fulfilled.

Later that same day, Jesus appeared to Peter and then to all of His disciples who were gathered together. In this account, it’s not explicitly stated how long Jesus stayed back after appearing to them.

Finally, John 20:1-31 describes how Mary Magdalene went to visit Jesus’ tomb early in the morning on the first day of the week and found it empty. She went back and told Peter and John who also went to see for themselves.

Later that same day, while they were gathered together with locked doors for fear of the Jews, Jesus appeared among them saying “Peace be with you.” Thomas was not present at this time but when he later heard about it he doubted until he saw Jesus himself a week later.

Based on these accounts, it’s difficult to determine exactly how long Jesus stayed back after His resurrection. Some scholars estimate that He appeared to His disciples over a period of 40 days before ascending to heaven (Acts 1:3-11). However, the Gospels do not provide us with a definitive timeline.

In conclusion, while we may not know for sure how many days Jesus stayed back after His resurrection, what is clear is that He did indeed rise from the dead and appeared to His disciples multiple times before ascending to heaven. This event is central to the Christian faith and serves as a reminder of God’s power over death and the hope we have in Him.