Jesus suffered the deaths in all realms; physically and spiritually, BUT God raised Him up from the dead having loosed Him from the birth pangs of death! (Acts 2:24) The loosing of the birth pangs of death came BEFORE His body was raised up from the tomb. After the death of Jesus on the cross, He was three days and nights in the heart of the earth. (See reference below.) The "heart" of the earth was not the physical rock tomb. It referred to the place of the dead called Hades. (Acts 2:24, 27, 31) As one example of Hades and the fact that it NEVER referred to the tomb in the New Testament (and more examples will be explored in these podcasts), see the true story (not "parable" because personal names were not used in parables) of the wicked rich man and Lazarus. The rich man went to Hades (the same Greek word as in Acts 2:27, 31) and he was in torments in the flames. (Luke 16:22-24 CSB)
Of course, ignorance of the sacrifice of Jesus usually rejects the fact that Jesus went into the place of the wicked dead as our substitute. Thank God that Jesus went to Hades in our place! That was what awaited all sinners! Death and hell (Hades)! Jesus died and went to Hades with OUR sins (He had no sin of His own). Judgment came on OUR sins and He was the INNOCENT ONE giving His life for the guilty! He paid the full and ultimate price to redeem us!
Jesus prophesied he would be for three days and nights in the heart of the earth, and it came to pass. The Biblical example Jesus used to establish this truth was Jonah when he was three days and nights in the belly of the great fish. (Jonah 1:17 and all of chapter 2)
For as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. (Matthew 12:40 CSB)
This message will revolutionize your life! When you begin to understand these truths, you will begin to get a hold of the width, depth, and height of God's love for us. It is truly amazing!
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