Apostolic Period of Increase Days of discipleship Jesus declared his disciples, apostles, according to Luke 1:2, on “the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Spirit had given commandment to the apostles, whom He had chosen” for his followers, or, ‘disciples’ three and halve years ago. On “the fortieth day that He was seen” after his Resurrection, Jesus’ ‘called’, were made his messengers; his ‘followers’ or ‘students’, became Jesus’ ‘sent’—his commissioned ambassadors or ‘apostles’. After his Resurrection, on the fortieth day that Jesus was “being seen of them” (his disciples) Acts 1:3b, “he had spoken these things … You will receive Power when the Holy Spirit comes and you will be witnesses unto Me”—that is, “you will be my apostles”. “And when He had spoken these things, He was taken up.” 1:9,8. That Jesus had “been seen of them (his disciples) forty days”, meant, First, That they had not seen Him on the day that He rose from the dead and grave, but for the first time on the day after; Next, That they had all left Him on the morning that He was betrayed and was delivered over to the Jews to be crucified; and Three, That they had not seen Him been buried on the following day after he had died. So Jesus was not seen again by any until after, the day that He resurrected on, and “risen, appeared to Mary Magdalene first, on the First Day of the week”—the day on which He also was seen by the two disciples on their way to Emmaus. And thirdly was Jesus seen by ten of his 12 disciples and others “where they with reference to that First Day of the week, were in the upper room thronged in together behind closed doors for fear of the Jews”. Luke 24:36 John 20:19 Mark 16:14 Matthew 28:17,18. Acts 1:3 and the fact “He was seen of them forty days” before He ascended, therefore implies that neither Jesus’ mother nor his disciple John, had witnessed his death, but had left the scene of the cross before He died, “God having loosed the pains of death” with death. Acts 2:24b Psalm 102:20 Ecclesiastes 12:5-8 Romans 7:2.