What Happened to the Disciples When Jesus Went to Heaven?

After the resurrection of Jesus, He spent forty days with His disciples on earth. During this time, Jesus taught and encouraged His disciples, preparing them for their future as leaders in spreading the gospel.

Then, on the fortieth day after His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven before their very eyes. So what happened to the disciples when Jesus went to heaven?

Waiting for the Holy Spirit

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit to come upon them. In Acts 1:4-5, Jesus said, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised..in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So the disciples returned to Jerusalem and waited together in prayer.

Pentecost and Beyond

Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, on the Jewish festival of Pentecost, something incredible happened. The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and they began speaking in different languages that they had not known before. This miraculous event drew a large crowd of people who were amazed at what they were witnessing.

Peter’s First Sermon

Peter stood up and addressed the crowd with a powerful message about who Jesus was and what He had accomplished through His death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit was working through Peter’s words as thousands of people believed in Jesus that day.

Persecution and Growth

As more people believed in Jesus, persecution from religious leaders also grew. The disciples faced imprisonment and beatings but remained faithful to their calling. They continued preaching and teaching about Jesus despite opposition.

Spread of Christianity

The book of Acts records how Christianity spread rapidly throughout the Roman Empire because of their faithfulness to Christ’s message. Paul became a prominent leader in spreading the gospel to the Gentiles, and the disciples continued to spread the message of Jesus even after His death and resurrection.

Their Legacy

The disciples’ faithfulness to Jesus and their commitment to spreading His message has had a lasting impact on the world. The New Testament, which they wrote, continues to guide and inspire Christians today. Their legacy lives on as believers continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ around the world.


In conclusion, after Jesus’ ascension into heaven, His disciples waited for the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. When the Holy Spirit came upon them at Pentecost, they began preaching about Jesus and Christianity spread rapidly despite persecution. The disciples’ faithfulness has had a lasting impact on Christianity that continues to inspire believers today.