So what exactly happened to Jesus after his resurrection?
First you have to have a clear understanding of what the Resurrection was.
In the bible the word ‘resurrection’ comes from the Greek ‘Anastasia’-which means ‘raising up’ or ‘standing up again’. One who is resurrected is raised up from death and is restored his/her life as the person as he/she was before. 1 Cor 15:12, 13. in the Hebrew scriptures — the Old Testament — the word ‘resurrection’ does not appear, but the teachings are throughout it. Hosea 13:14 , Daniel 12:2, Isaiah 26:19, Job 14:13–15.
Is there proof of the resurrection?
Of course there is. The bible provides accounts of eyewitnesses of Jesus after his resurrection, including 500 people on a single occasion. on-top of this, Jesus predicts his own death. 700 years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah wrote about a future Messiah who specifically would suffer and die for our sins but later will restore life. After this, Jesus claimed that he was the Messiah who would be betrayed, arrested, condemned and then killed…in that order! And the come back to life- Mark 10:33. But to get in to more depth of this topic, that is a different blog to go into detail about.
Well…Jesus’ work wasn't done; he didn’t ascend to heaven right away to be with God the Father. Jesus stayed on the Earth for 40 more days!
Why specifically the number 40? Well there are two main events that had the number 40 attached to it: the Flood and the disobedience of the Israelites when they were taken out of Egypt. During the flood it rained for 40 days and for 40 nights (Gen 7). — The ark was also a foreshadowing of Salvation; Jesus is the Ark for us. The Israelites stayed in the wilderness for 40 years because of their disobedience (Joshua 4:6). Along with this, Jesus also fasted for 40 days after he was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus was also being tempted by Satan in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights ( Matt 4:2–2). God doesn't just throw random numbers into the world without any meaning. The number 40 represents judgment and it also represents testing.
So why did Jesus stay here on the Earth for 40 more days? He did this to prove and to show that he judged sin and death in his own body. He paid the price. He stayed on this earth as a statement that he overcame sin and death.