What Did Jesus Do Between His Resurrection and Ascension?

After Jesus’ resurrection, He spent forty days on earth before ascending to heaven. During this time, He appeared to His disciples and others, proving that He had indeed risen from the dead.

But what exactly did Jesus do in those forty days? Let’s take a closer look.

Appearances of Jesus

One of the main things that Jesus did during this time was to appear to His disciples and others. In fact, the Bible records at least ten different appearances of Jesus during these forty days. Here are some of the most significant ones:

1. Mary Magdalene

On the morning of His resurrection, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb where He had been buried. At first, she didn’t recognize Him, but when He called her by name, she realized who He was.

2. The Disciples

Jesus appeared to His disciples on several occasions during these forty days. One of the most notable was when He appeared to them in a locked room and showed them His wounds as proof that He had indeed risen from the dead.

3. The Emmaus Disciples

On the road to Emmaus, two disciples were walking and talking about all that had happened when Jesus suddenly appeared and began walking with them. They didn’t recognize Him at first, but as they talked and He explained things to them from Scripture, their eyes were opened and they realized who He was.

The Great Commission

Another important thing that Jesus did during this time was to give His disciples their marching orders for after He ascended into heaven. This is known as the Great Commission and it can be found in Matthew 28:19-20:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus was basically telling His disciples to go out and spread the good news of His resurrection and the forgiveness of sins that comes through faith in Him.

Preparing His Disciples

In addition to appearing to them and giving them their mission, Jesus also spent time preparing His disciples for what was to come. He knew that after He ascended into heaven, they would face persecution and opposition, so He wanted to make sure they were ready.

One way He did this was by teaching them about the Holy Spirit and how He would be with them after Jesus left. In John 14-16, Jesus explains how the Holy Spirit will guide them into all truth and help them remember everything that He had taught them.


In summary, during the forty days between His resurrection and ascension, Jesus appeared to His disciples and others, gave them their mission (the Great Commission), and prepared them for what was to come. It was a crucial time in the history of Christianity and one that we can learn much from today.