Jesus stayed on earth forty days after His resurrection “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). Also, Acts 1:1-9, tells us that the Christ remained forty days after His resurrection to strengthen, teach and confirm the faith of His disciples.
For forty days after the resurrection, Christ remained on the earth, preparing the disciples for the work before them and explaining that which they had been unable to comprehend. He spoke of the prophecies concerning His advent, His rejection by the Jews, and His death, showing that every specification of these prophecies had been fulfilled.
Christ told them that they were to regard this fulfillment of prophecy regarding His life, death and resurrection as an assurance of the power that would attend them in their future labors. “Then opened He their understanding,” we read, “that they might understand the Scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” And He added, “Ye are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:45-48).
The disciples were to make known to the world the events of Christ’s life, His death and resurrection, the prophecies pointing to these events, the mysteries of the plan of salvation and the power of Jesus for the remission of sins. To all these things they had been witnesses and they were to proclaim the gospel of peace and salvation through repentance and the power of the Savior.
In His service,
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