After Jesus’ resurrection, many people wonder what happened to him next. The Bible provides some insight into this, and we can piece together a picture of what may have occurred. Let’s take a closer look at the events that unfolded after the resurrection.
Firstly, it’s important to establish what we mean by the resurrection. The Bible tells us that after Jesus was crucified, he was buried in a tomb.
However, on the third day after his death, several women came to visit the tomb and found it empty. An angel appeared to them and told them that Jesus had risen from the dead (Mark 16:1-8).
Appearances to His Disciples
After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to many of his disciples. He first appeared to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18) and then later appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). He also appeared to Peter (Luke 24:34), and then later that same day he appeared to all of his disciples except for Thomas (John 20:19-23).
A week later, Jesus appeared again – this time with Thomas present (John 20:26-29). In addition to these appearances, Jesus also appeared to a group of over five hundred people at once (1 Corinthians 15:6).
After these appearances, Jesus spent forty days with his disciples before ascending into heaven. Luke tells us that on the day of his ascension, he led them out as far as Bethany before blessing them and being taken up into heaven (Luke 24:50-51). Mark’s account tells us that he was taken up into heaven and sat down at God’s right hand (Mark 16:19).
What Happened Next?
So, what happened after Jesus ascended into heaven? The Bible tells us that he is now seated at the right hand of God (Hebrews 12:2), interceding for us (Romans 8:34) and preparing a place for us in heaven (John 14:2-3). He is also referred to as the “firstborn from the dead” (Colossians 1:18) and the “pioneer of our salvation” (Hebrews 2:10).
In conclusion, after Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to many of his disciples before ascending into heaven. He is now seated at the right hand of God, interceding for us and preparing a place for us in heaven. The events that unfolded after his resurrection are a testament to his divinity and serve as a reminder of his sacrifice for us.