What Did Jesus Do When He Went To Hell
The Bible says that Jesus descended into hell after he was crucified but before he was resurrected. But what does that mean? Did Jesus actually go to Hell, or do Christians believe he went somewhere else? What did Jesus do during the three days he spent in Hell? Did Jesus save people from Hell while he was there? Was this a real historical event or just a symbolic story? In this post, we’ll look at the Biblical passages that mention Jesus’ descent into hell and what they mean.
We’re All Born Dead
You are born dead.
You’re born spiritually dead, separated from God, in your trespasses and sins. In other words, you have a sin nature that makes you unable to see or understand God and his ways. The Bible says we are all born spiritually dead because of Adam’s original sin (Romans 5:12-21).
This condition requires a savior—someone who can lay down his life for us so that we might be saved from our sins (1 John 3:15). Jesus came as the perfect sacrifice so we could be made alive again by God’s grace through faith in Him (Ephesians 2:1-10).
Jesus Rose Again
Jesus Christ rose from the dead. This was the most important event in human history and the reason Jesus came to earth. When He was crucified, He paid the penalty for our sin (1 Peter 2:24). Through Him, we can be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20).
After His resurrection and ascension into heaven, Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to indwell believers who have been born again by faith in Christ alone (Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; John 14:16–17). The Holy Spirit empowers Christians today to live lives that honor God and reflect His character (Galatians 5:22-23).
He Reasoned With Satan
In the Bible, Jesus is called the “Word made flesh” and is referred to as God. This means He has no equal and is not able to be overcome by anyone or anything. As such, when he went down to Hell for a brief period of time before returning to Heaven, Satan had no choice but to do what Jesus said. When the Devil tried arguing with him, Jesus simply said:
When you have finished going through all these things, then I will cast out those who remain in Hell and will never allow them into My presence again (John 20:17).
Satan had no choice but to comply with this demand as it was based on His authority as God. By showing humility towards his enemies and treating them with respect while also demonstrating His authority over them by expelling them from Heaven when they deserved it (and more), Jesus displayed an example of how we should treat others who oppose us – humbly but firmly; offering kindness where appropriate without compromising our principles or beliefs.
Jesus Broke Satan’s Power Of Death
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, he refused to give into his desire for food and drink. When Satan told him to jump off of the pinnacle of the temple, he responded with “It is written again that you shall not put a stumbling block before the blind” (Luke 4:9).
When Jesus went to Hell and broke its power over death, he did so by refusing to be controlled by it. He was not afraid of death because even if he died, death could not hold him because he had overcome it through his resurrection.
The Devil Who Mocked Jesus Returns To Mock Him Again
As Jesus descended into Hell, the Devil who had mocked him during his crucifixion returned to mock him again. But this time, Jesus was not alone. With him were all those whom he had saved from sin and death—including Adam and Eve and Abraham—and they all ascended out of the grave with him on Easter Sunday morning.
The Devil tried to lure Jesus into a trap by offering him power over all kingdoms of Earth if he would bow down before Satan. But Jesus refused to give in to temptation because he knew that Satan could not harm him; he had overcome death by his own sacrifice on the cross two days earlier!
When Peter asked Jesus about what happened during his 40-day absence from Earth (which we call Holy Week or Passion Week), Christ told Peter: “I am going back up now until I receive my full reward at God’s right hand.” This means that after ascending back up into Heaven, Jesus will wait for each one of us there until it is our time come up as well!
After the Resurrection, Jesus went to Hell and took this power away from Satan.
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, he conquered death and rose again to life. Because of this, he was able to go to hell and take away Satan’s power over death.
When you die, if you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will go right into heaven with him. If not… well, we’ll just leave it at that!
The idea that Jesus went to hell is not just speculation and theology; it’s the doctrine of the early church. This teaching was held by both Eastern and Western Christians until it began to be challenged by some theologians after the Protestant Reformation. However, this doctrine can still be found in many Christian churches today, including Calvinist churches such as the Presbyterian Church USA, which believes that Jesus went down into hell “as their forerunner on their behalf, to proclaim their release from captivity and open for them the gate of life everlasting.”