40 days


I thought it took Jesus 3 days to ascend to heaven. He was crucified on Good Friday and then 3 days later on Easter Sunday (as Christian churches proclaimed last weekend), ‘Christ is risen’. But according to our vicar friend Rebecca, I got the timing all wrong. On Easter Sunday Christ just rose from the dead (body and soul intact) to continue visiting friends and loved ones on earth.  He didn’t ascend to heaven until 40 days later (Acts 1.3). Wow!  I couldn’t have been happier to learn that. Forty days is an uncannily similar time frame to the Buddhists, who say it takes up to 49 days for the soul to move on.

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