What Did the Disciples Do After Jesus Died?

After Jesus died, his disciples were left feeling lost and confused. They had followed him for years, believing him to be the Messiah, but now he was gone. So what did they do next?

The Crucifixion of Jesus
First, let’s recap what happened leading up to Jesus’ death. He was arrested, tried before the Jewish authorities and then brought before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate.

Pilate found no fault in Jesus but the crowd demanded his crucifixion. He was crucified alongside two criminals and died on the cross.

The Resurrection
Three days later, some of Jesus’ female followers went to visit his tomb but found it empty. According to the Gospels, Jesus had risen from the dead and appeared to various people over a period of 40 days.

The Disciples’ Reaction

Initially, the disciples were skeptical of reports of Jesus’ resurrection. In the Gospel of Luke (24:11), it says that when they first heard about it “they did not believe the women because their words seemed like nonsense.” However, after seeing Jesus for themselves, they became convinced that he had indeed risen from the dead.

Jesus’ Final Instructions

Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus gave his disciples some final instructions. In Matthew 28:19-20 he says “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.”

The Spread of Christianity

Following these instructions, the disciples began spreading Christianity throughout Judea and beyond. They preached about Jesus’ teachings and miracles and how he had died for their sins and risen again.

  • Peter – He preached in Jerusalem and is credited with converting many Jews to Christianity. He was eventually martyred in Rome.
  • James the Just – He was a leader of the early Christian church in Jerusalem and is believed to have written the Epistle of James. He was martyred around 62 AD.
  • John – He is believed to have written several books of the New Testament, including the Gospel of John, and lived to an old age, dying around 100 AD.

The Persecution of Christians

However, spreading Christianity wasn’t easy. The Roman authorities saw it as a threat to their power and began persecuting Christians. Many were imprisoned or killed for their beliefs.

Saul’s Conversion

One of the most famous persecutors of Christians was Saul (later known as Paul). However, according to Acts 9:1-19, he had a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus where he saw a vision of Jesus and became a Christian himself. He went on to become one of Christianity’s greatest missionaries.

In conclusion, after Jesus died his disciples initially felt lost but were later convinced that he had risen from the dead. They followed his final instructions by spreading Christianity throughout Judea and beyond, despite facing persecution from the Roman authorities. Their efforts led to the growth and spread of Christianity throughout the world today.