When you reconstruct the death and resurrection of Jesus, you simply stand amazed and overwhelmed by how much the Bible reveals about those three days in the grave.
First, at the point Jesus gave up the ghost, His spirit did not descend immediately to Hell. He had to wait until his body was lowered into the tomb. The reason is that, the body will decay if separated from the spirit. And the prophecy was clear about this…
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
The word translated corruption means Pit, a trap, a grave and by extension, decay.
In Acts 2, Peter fully explained this. The word Peter uses in explaining this prophecy is that Jesus was not going to know the conditions of the grave.
There are two possible conclusions. First, that his body lay in the grave while his soul went to hell and was later reunited at the resurrection.
Or that he went bodily to Hell (soul and body). Further evidence, shows that this was likely what happened. At the reunion of his soul and body in the grave, that body transformed to become such as a spiritual body. According to 1 Peter 3:18-19 it was this body that Jesus took to Hell. This would mean that He was not bodily in the grave for the three days.
Beyond the grave, Jesus stood before the ancient gates and commanded its opening. Psalm 24.
When he entered, he contended for and took the keys of Hell and Death from Satan. Hebrews 2:14-16; Rev 1:18 Two keys not one.
Then was Satan and demons paraded before him as the Victor. Colossians 2:15.
It was after this victory, that Jesus began his ministry to the souls in prison of death, the keys of which he now had. 1Pet 3:19
After this humiliation of Satan and demons in Hell, Satan left Jesus still ministering in Hell to lay an accusation before God. He didn’t want to lose that last privilege. This is well documented in Zachariah 3.
God summoned Jesus from Hell for the hearing of the case. It is interesting to note that Jesus appeared with the same body that had been on the cross – THE BODY OF SIN.
THIS WAS THE MOMENT WHEN SALVATION WAS SEALED LEGALLY. THIS WAS THE EXACT TIME JESUS WAS RAISED FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION. ROM 4:25
It was after the Council of Heaven had reviewed the evidence from both parties that God commanded a new body for Jesus. Zec 3:3-5
After this change of garments, to his priestly garment, Jesus then appeared on earth at the Tomb where he was laid. He was accompanied by two angels. He came to fulfill a vital promise. To let everyone know that he was not in the grave. I believe therefore that he didn’t return through the grave. The stone was not rolled away to free his body!
The Moment he touched down on earth, there was a great earthquake. The angels rolled away the stone and Jesus inspected the grave.
Moments later Mary Magdalene encountered him and he revealed that he was about to perform his first and only offering as high priest in Heaven. He came to take a cloud of witnesses that had been released from Satan’s prison to observe the event documented in Zechariah 3 and John 20.
This is the true order of events of Easter. It is mind boggling, but it is true. The story of our salvation is awesome. Now you get a better picture.
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