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After Jesus' resurrection, how did he spend his life? What did he do?

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Thanks so much for this question. It's interesting that Christians often spend a lot of time speaking about Jesus' life and death but not so much about his resurrection and what comes after. In fact the earliest preachers in the church (recorded in the Book of Acts) spoke much more often about Jesus' resurrection and what came after. This shows us it's actually quite an important topic.

The technical term for Jesus going to heaven after his resurrection is 'ascension'. Leading up to His ascension the Bible records many things that He did during a 40 day period such as meeting and speaking with His disciples, eating breakfast with friends and passing on His final instructions as to what they should do when He left them. All of this culminated in an actual event recorded in the opening chapter of the Book of Acts where it records:

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. (Acts 1:9)

Yet this ascension into heaven isn't the final word. The Bible tells us a number of things that Christ is doing now and that He has been physically taken into heaven. He is described as praying, or interceding, for us. There is also imagery of His ruling and reigning over all creation.

The fact of Jesus' ascension has helped me in my faith because it assures me that the resurrection I look forward to myself is more than a mere resuscitation. We have other records of people being raised to life in the Bible, yet they all would eventually die again. Only Jesus is recorded to have been raised back to life and continues to live.

It is this ongoing resurrection that we are promised. The same 'new life' that Jesus had is what we can have through faith in Him. Paul puts it like this:

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)

How wonderful is that? Not only does Jesus bring us life but lasting life; eternal life. The life that we have to look forward to if we trust in Jesus isn't less than the life that we have now, but more. We follow Him, physical resurrected bodies and all, to heaven.

If you'd like to know more about the things Jesus did amongst His followers immediately after His resurrection then I'd recommend reading the last few chapters in Matthew, Luke and John. If you'd like to understand further what it means that Jesus is now ascended into heaven then I'd recommend reading the book of Hebrews.

In summary, there is actually plenty that Jesus did on earth after He was resurrected but perhaps the most important was His ascension into heaven because it shows that the resurrected life is an enduring life. The same power at work in Him can be at work in us:

And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:19-21)

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