After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there were many events that took place, which confirmed his resurrection to the disciples and followers. The gospels provide a detailed account of what happened during the 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection.
Appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene
On the day of his resurrection, Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene. She saw him outside the tomb and initially did not recognize him until he spoke her name. This encounter is mentioned in all four gospels.
John 20:16: “Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).”
Appearance of Jesus to Disciples
After appearing to Mary Magdalene, Jesus appeared to his disciples. He showed them his wounds and ate with them to prove that he was not a ghost but indeed resurrected.
Luke 24:39: “Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
The Great Commission
Before ascending into heaven, Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission. He instructed them to go out into the world and preach the gospel to all nations.
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.”
Finally, on the 40th day after his resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven in front of his disciples.
Luke 24:51: “While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.”
The 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection were a crucial period in the history of Christianity. His appearances to Mary Magdalene, the disciples, and the Great Commission affirmed his resurrection and gave new life to the faith of his followers. The Ascension marked the end of his physical presence on earth and a new beginning for Christianity.