After Jesus’ resurrection, he spent 40 days on Earth before ascending to heaven. This period is known as the “Ascension” and is celebrated by Christians worldwide.
But what exactly happened during those 40 days? Let’s take a closer look.
First, let’s revisit the events leading up to Jesus’ resurrection. He was crucified on a Friday and buried in a tomb. However, on the third day, Sunday, his tomb was found empty and he appeared to many of his followers.
This event is considered the cornerstone of Christianity as it proves that Jesus is the Son of God and has power over death.
After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to several people including Mary Magdalene, two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and his apostles. He showed them his wounds as proof of his identity and spoke about the Kingdom of God.
Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus’ closest followers. She went to visit his tomb early on Sunday morning but found it empty.
As she wept outside the tomb, she saw Jesus standing there but didn’t recognize him at first. When he called her name, she realized who he was and exclaimed “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher” in Hebrew).
Road to Emmaus
Two disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus when they encountered a stranger who began walking with them. It wasn’t until they sat down for a meal together that they realized it was Jesus. He broke bread with them and disappeared from their sight.
Jesus also appeared to his apostles several times during these 40 days. On one occasion, Thomas wasn’t present when Jesus appeared so he doubted that it was really him. However, when Jesus appeared again and showed Thomas his wounds, he believed.
After spending 40 days with his followers, Jesus ascended to heaven. This event is described in the Bible in Acts 1:9-11:
“And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
In conclusion, after Jesus’ resurrection he spent 40 days on Earth appearing to his followers and teaching about the Kingdom of God. This period ended with his ascension to heaven which is celebrated by Christians worldwide. The events of those 40 days are a testament to Jesus’ divinity and power over death.