After Christ was raised from the dead He appeared to as many as 500 people at one time (1 Corinthians 15:3-7). The Disciples only understood his coming in the context of 1st Century Jews and that was Messiah would restore an Earthly Kingdom.
|The Real Face of Jesus - Ray Downing|
Acts 1:7-8 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 1:9-11 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”
Pray - I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, I believe on the third day He rose again and then ascended into Heaven. I believe that He will one day return again.
(If you are interested in a scientific and scriptural look at the 40 day period between the resurrection and the ascension, I'd invite you to enjoy this compelling documentary by Ray Downing and the History Channel. This is the sequal to the "Real Face of Jesus", which is also an amazing tale of the Shroud of Turin and is where the above picture of Christ came from.)