What Did Jesus Do When He Was Dead
The stories told by the gospel writers are not always simple to understand, particularly when we encounter characters who don’t seem to be doing much. One character, in fact, seems to do absolutely nothing during the entire Easter story: Jesus.
We were dead in the trespasses and sins in which we once walked.
We were dead in the trespasses and sins in which we once walked. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
He made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved.
You are forgiven and reconciled to God. You have received the gift of salvation, which includes:
- New life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- An indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
- The assurance of eternal life (John 5:24; 10:28-29; 17:3; 1 John 5:11-13).
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
This passage is one that I really like. Paul begins by speaking of what God did for us when we were dead in our sins. We were separated from God and condemned to hell, but Jesus took our place on the cross and died so that we could be forgiven and brought back into His presence in heaven. This passage goes on to say:
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6-7)
We are seated with Him! We are currently seated with Him at His right hand! We are alive with Him! But this is not all! This next part of verse 6 says that He will also show His incomparable riches through kindness toward us! That’s right—in this life AND eternity!
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation for every Christian’s hope. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ’s death and resurrection. Without this foundation, our faith means nothing and we are still under condemnation (John 3:18; Romans 6:23). But through that same grace and mercy that raised Christ from the dead to life forevermore (Romans 4:25), we too will be resurrected unto eternal life with Him!
Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven.
Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven. On the third day, he was raised from the dead by God. He was raised from the dead so that we would not be condemned.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterwards those who belong to Christ when he comes will be revealed. Then comes the end when he hands over kingdom to God and Father when he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must rule until God’s plan is fulfilled for rulership over everything that was created to submit to him because this all belongs to God (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).
He died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
Jesus was not arrested until after he had finished his work. He was executed by crucifixion, which is a torturous form of punishment. After being brutally tortured and nailed to the cross, Jesus died for your sins and mine.
When Jesus died, he was buried in a tomb (Matthew 27:57-60). However, on the third day after his death, he rose from the dead just as prophesied in Isaiah 53:10-12: “Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured . . . Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. Also we are even found to be misrepresenting God.
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. Also we are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we have testified about God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
On the resurrection day, Jesus Christ rose from the dead. But now he is no longer a physical human like you and me. He’s alive in heaven, where he reigns as Lord of all creation.
The Bible says that when Jesus died on the cross, it was to wash away our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3-5). So if you trust in him by faith alone for salvation, then your sins are forgiven and you can have eternal life with God in heaven!
The resurrection of Jesus means that His work on the cross was successful
The resurrection of Jesus means that His work on the cross was successful. He went to hell, suffered the wrath of God, and defeated death so that we would have eternal life. Jesus’ death and resurrection are proof that He is God. Because He rose from the dead, we can also rise from our own deadness (sin) and live with Him forever in heaven.
This is a very important question that every Christian should consider. Most Christians believe Jesus went to heaven after He died, but what did He do there? What was His purpose and what is our purpose here on earth after we die? If you want to know more about heaven’s role in your life then please read this article for more information!