Question:

Good day,

Brother Jeffrey, I am asking for your help regarding this question: Why did Jesus stay around for 40 days, after He came back from the grave, instead of going immediately into Heaven?

I know you are busy answering hundreds of emails every day so I am sorry for adding another burden on your shoulder. I have no one to lean on who has a good understanding of biblical questions.  Your answers are greatly appreciated. It can help us all in our Bible study.

Keep safe, all of you there, in the La Vista Church of Christ.

Sincerely yours.

Answer:

If Jesus went immediately from the grave to heaven, how would you be certain that he truly rose from the grave? No one could go to heaven to check that he is there. The Jewish leaders claimed that the disciples stole the body to make it look like he rose from death, but how could this rumor be proven false?

"To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3).

"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also" (I Corinthians 15:3-8).

During this time Jesus also taught the disciples things that they couldn't comprehend prior to his death. Now that they knew he lived, they were able to grasp the deeper meaning of things Jesus had taught them.

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