After the crucifixion of Jesus, many people wonder where his disciples went. Did they scatter or stay together?
Did they continue to spread the word of Jesus? Let’s take a closer look at where the disciples went after Jesus was crucified.
The Immediate Aftermath
After Jesus was crucified, his disciples were in shock, devastated by the loss of their teacher and friend. They were also afraid for their own lives, as they were associated with Jesus and feared persecution from the Roman authorities.
Peter, one of Jesus’ closest disciples, denied knowing him three times before the rooster crowed, just as Jesus had prophesied. He was filled with guilt and shame and must have felt that he had let his friend down.
Three days after Jesus’ death, Mary Magdalene went to his tomb and found it empty. She ran to tell Peter and John, who also went to see for themselves. They found that the tomb was indeed empty and that Jesus’ body was nowhere to be found.
It wasn’t until later that day that Jesus appeared to two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. They didn’t recognize him at first but eventually realized who he was when he broke bread with them.
Over the next few weeks, Jesus appeared to many of his disciples, teaching them and preparing them for what was to come.
After spending 40 days with his disciples following his resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven. This event is described in Acts 1:9-11:
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
After Jesus’ ascension, his disciples were filled with a sense of purpose and determination. They knew that they had to continue spreading the word of Jesus and fulfilling his teachings.
The Spread of Christianity
The disciples went on to spread the word of Jesus throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. Despite persecution and hardship, they continued to preach the gospel and convert people to Christianity.
Paul, who was not one of the original twelve disciples but became one of the most important figures in early Christianity, traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean world, establishing churches and writing letters that would become part of the New Testament.
By the end of the first century AD, Christianity had spread throughout much of the Roman Empire. The disciples had fulfilled their mission to spread Jesus’ message to all corners of the world.
So where did the disciples go after Jesus was crucified? They were initially scattered and afraid but were eventually reunited by their faith in Jesus. They witnessed his resurrection and ascension and went on to spread his teachings throughout the world.
Their commitment to spreading Jesus’ message despite persecution and hardship laid the foundation for what would become one of the world’s major religions. Today, billions of people around the globe continue to follow in their footsteps.