After Jesus was crucified and buried, He rose from the dead on the third day, proving that He was indeed the Son of God. His resurrection is an essential part of Christian faith and is celebrated every year on Easter Sunday. However, many people wonder where Jesus went after His resurrection.
Did He stay on Earth? Did He ascend to Heaven immediately? In this article, we will explore what the Bible says about where Jesus went after His resurrection.
The Resurrection of Jesus
Before we dive into where Jesus went after His resurrection, let’s first recap the events leading up to it. On Good Friday, Jesus was crucified on a cross and died.
His body was then placed in a tomb and guarded by Roman soldiers. However, on the third day (Easter Sunday), Mary Magdalene and some other women went to visit the tomb and found that it was empty. An angel told them that Jesus had risen from the dead.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to many people over a period of 40 days. The first people He appeared to were Mary Magdalene and some other women who had gone to visit His tomb (Mark 16:9-11). Later that same day, He appeared to two of His disciples who were walking on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).
That evening, Jesus appeared to all of His disciples (except for Thomas) while they were gathered in a room together (John 20:19-23). He showed them His hands and side, which still bore the wounds from His crucifixion. The disciples were overjoyed at seeing their Lord again.
A week later, Thomas also saw Jesus and believed that He had risen from the dead (John 20:24-29). After this, Jesus appeared to more than 500 people at once (1 Corinthians 15:6).
Jesus Ascends to Heaven
After spending 40 days with His disciples, Jesus led them out to the Mount of Olives, where He gave them some final instructions. He told them to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20).
Then, while they were watching, Jesus was taken up into Heaven (Acts 1:9-11). Two angels appeared and told the disciples that Jesus would return in the same way that He had ascended.
In conclusion, after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to many people over a period of 40 days. He showed them His wounds and proved that He had indeed risen from the dead.
Then, He ascended to Heaven while His disciples watched. The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly where Jesus went after His ascension, but it does tell us that He is now seated at the right hand of God in Heaven (Hebrews 12:2). As Christians, we believe that one day Jesus will return to Earth to judge the living and the dead (Acts 10:42).