What Happened to Jesus Between Resurrection and Ascension?

After Jesus’ resurrection, many people wonder what happened to him between that moment and his ascension. The Bible doesn’t provide a lot of details on this subject, but there are some indications that give us an idea of what might have happened. Let’s take a closer look.

The Resurrection

On the third day after his death, Jesus rose from the dead. He appeared to many of his followers, proving that he was alive and fulfilling the prophecies about the Messiah. He appeared to Mary Magdalene, two disciples on their way to Emmaus, and then to the apostles in Jerusalem.

Forty Days

After appearing to his followers, Jesus spent forty days with them before ascending into heaven. During this time, he continued to teach them about God’s kingdom and how they should live as his followers.


The Bible tells us that during those forty days, Jesus “presented himself alive” and spoke about “the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). He taught them more about God’s plan for salvation and how they should continue his work after he ascended.

Proving His Resurrection

In addition to teaching them, Jesus also showed them proof of his resurrection. One example is when he appeared to Thomas, who had doubted that Jesus had risen from the dead. Jesus allowed Thomas to touch his wounds and see for himself that he was truly alive (John 20:27).

The Ascension

After spending forty days with his followers, Jesus led them out of Jerusalem towards Bethany. There he blessed them and was taken up into heaven (Luke 24:50-51). His followers watched as he ascended until a cloud hid him from their sight.

Promise of Return

Before he ascended, Jesus promised his followers that he would return (Acts 1:11). This gave them hope and assurance that they would see him again someday.

The Holy Spirit

After Jesus’ ascension, the Holy Spirit was sent to empower and guide his followers. This was part of God’s plan to continue the work of Jesus on earth until his return.


In conclusion, while the Bible doesn’t provide us with a lot of details about what happened during the forty days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, we do know that he continued to teach his followers about God’s kingdom and showed them proof of his resurrection. He also promised to return someday and sent the Holy Spirit to empower them. These events are crucial parts of Christian belief and provide hope for believers even today.