What Happened to the Disciples of Jesus After His Resurrection?

After the Resurrection of Jesus, his disciples were filled with both joy and confusion. They had witnessed their teacher, mentor, and friend being crucified, buried in a tomb and then risen from the dead. The events that followed the Resurrection changed their lives forever.

Meeting with Jesus: After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples in different ways. In one instance, He met them as a group while they were gathered in a room, and on another occasion, He met individually with some of them. The disciples were able to see Jesus’ wounds and touch Him to confirm that He was indeed alive.

The Great Commission: Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission before ascending into Heaven. He commanded them to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. This was a challenging task for these men who had previously been fishermen, tax collectors, and other ordinary people with no theological training.

The Ascension: After forty days of appearing to His disciples following His Resurrection, Jesus ascended into Heaven. While watching Him ascend into the clouds two angels appeared before them asking why they were staring at the sky as if they had never seen anything like it before.

Peter’s Ministry: Peter became one of the most prominent members of the early Church after Jesus’ ascension. He preached boldly about Jesus and performed many miracles that drew people towards him.

Martyrdom: Unfortunately for many of these disciples (and other early Christians), their belief in Jesus became a source of persecution by both Romans as well as Jews which led to their deaths. The apostles James (son of Zebedee) and Stephen were among those who were stoned to death for their faith. Peter was crucified upside down while Paul was beheaded.

The Spread of Christianity: The disciples’ obedience to the Great Commission led to the spread of Christianity throughout the world. The Gospel was preached in many countries, and many people came to believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

In conclusion, the Resurrection of Jesus marked a turning point for his disciples. They had witnessed something that was beyond their understanding and it changed their lives forever.

They went on to preach about Jesus despite facing persecution and ultimately death. Their obedience to the Great Commission helped spread Christianity throughout the world, and it continues to impact lives today.