What did Jesus do in the 40 days after His resurrection before He ascended to heaven?


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Mini Ezekiel Kimosop - Pastor & Bible Scholar
Scripture is silent about the activities of Jesus in the 40 days that he was seen on earth after his resurrection. However we do know that Christ had had taken up a new body after his resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 says "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." Jesus would appear and disappear at will (John 20:26; Luke 24). 

Jesus was no longer subject to the physical limitations of the human body.

There is scripture evidence that suggests that Jesus did not immediately return to the Father until the Ascension recorded in Acts 1. He states this fact in his discourse with Mary Magdalene in John 20:17 when he said to her "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father." 

Again we see Jesus suddenly appear to his disciples in different locations. It appears that either his bodily image was far different from the one he bore before his death or that the disciples, having assumed that he had died and doubting his resurrection, had no inkling that he would appear to them in person. 

As stated earlier, the Ascension account in Acts 1:6-11 clearly demonstrates that Jesus had not returned to the Father for the period described in Scripture of 40 days. It is a fact that Jesus remained 40 days after resurrection but we dot know of his activities within those days except where he revealed himself to his disciples such as on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24) or when he appeared to the disciples at the seclusion and later at the sea shore (John 20-21) and during the ascension (Acts 1)

As to where Jesus was residing or other activities outside his noted appearances, the Bible is silent and it is best that we take it as it is and that we have no further information from Scripture. 

Any claims to Jesus' extra Biblical activities would be seriously misleading and are merely informed by speculation and not by the authority of the Word.

There is a theological rule for Bible interpretation which holds that we should not let Scripture speak out of silence nor muffle the voice of Scripture where it speaks.

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