What Did Jesus Do for the 40 Days After His Resurrection?

After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples and others numerous times before ascending into heaven. But what did He do during the 40 days in between His resurrection and ascension? Here’s a closer look at what the Bible tells us.

Appearances to His Disciples

The Bible tells us that after Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples on multiple occasions. In fact, it was on the very day of His resurrection that He first appeared to two of His followers on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).

Later that same day, Jesus appeared to the rest of His disciples, who were gathered together behind locked doors because they were afraid (John 20:19-23).

Over the next several weeks, Jesus appeared to His disciples several more times. One notable appearance was when Thomas, one of His disciples who had doubted that Jesus had truly risen from the dead, saw Him and proclaimed Him as “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28).

During these appearances, Jesus spoke with his disciples, ate with them, and even helped them catch fish (John 21:1-14).

The Great Commission

One of the most significant events during this time period was when Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission. This commission can be found in Matthew 28:16-20 and is often considered one of Jesus’ most important commandments.

In this passage, Jesus tells his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He also commands them to teach these new disciples everything that He has taught them.

This commission is still relevant today as Christians seek to spread the gospel message around the world.

Ascension into Heaven

After spending 40 days with His disciples, Jesus ascended into heaven. This event is recorded in Acts 1:9-11, which says that Jesus was taken up into the clouds while His disciples watched.

Two angels then appeared and told the disciples that Jesus would return in the same way that He had left.


In conclusion, during the 40 days between His resurrection and ascension, Jesus appeared to His disciples multiple times, gave them the Great Commission, and ultimately ascended into heaven. These events are significant not only because they demonstrate Jesus’ power and authority but also because they show us what we as Christians are called to do in spreading the gospel message to all nations.