After Jesus was crucified and buried, He rose from the dead on the third day. This event is commonly known as the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
But what did Jesus do right after His resurrection? Let’s take a closer look.
Appearances to His Disciples
The first thing that Jesus did after His resurrection was to appear to His disciples. He showed Himself to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb, then to Peter, and later that same day to two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
When He appeared to them, they were afraid and thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus reassured them that it was really Him and showed them His hands and feet, which still bore the scars of the crucifixion.
Although Jesus had appeared to some of His disciples, there was one who had not yet seen Him – Thomas. He refused to believe in the Resurrection until he saw Jesus for himself.
Eight days after His first appearance, Jesus came again into the room where His disciples were gathered and this time Thomas was with them. Jesus invited Thomas to touch His wounds and see that it was really Him. Thomas then proclaimed Him as “My Lord and my God!”
The Great Commission
After appearing to His disciples several times, Jesus gave them a great commission before ascending into heaven. He instructed them:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
This became known as The Great Commission and has been a fundamental part of Christian evangelism ever since.
Ascension into Heaven
Finally, forty days after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven in front of his disciples’ eyes while blessing them.
- He was taken up into a cloud
- He disappeared from their sight
This marked the end of His earthly ministry and the beginning of a new era for His followers.
In conclusion, Jesus’ resurrection was not the end of His story. He appeared to His disciples several times, gave them the Great Commission, and then ascended into heaven. Through all of this, He showed Himself to be the Son of God and gave hope to all who believe in Him.