3 Days in Hell
While watching a Faith Life Church service, Pastor Keith Moore, said something that though I thought I already knew, I really didn’t understand the depth of it until today. He said that when Jesus went to hell, it was to ensure that justice was served. So, let’s think about that for a moment. The Lord went to hell to ensure that justice was served for everyone. Everybody in the past. Everybody alive today, and every child that will be born in the future. Jesus ensured that justice was served for every sin for everybody for all time.
He did so because the law required that everybody die and that everyone be sentenced to hell for their sin. He was crucified and sentenced to three days for everybody's sin. Let that sink in.
That means Jesus died for everybody. Went to hell for every sin and served everybody’s sentence…in 3 days.
Let me put it a different way.
Jesus went to hell for 3 days. Yet the enemy of our souls would have us to believe that we have to endure spiritual, physical, mental, and/or financial hardships for extended periods of time. Not only that, but he would have us to think that after we come out of those hardships, that we have to go through them again, and again, and again when clearly Jesus took those hardships and spent time in hell so that we don’t have to continuously live a hellish life on earth nor go to hell after we leave this life. He did all that in 3 days!
Then I got to thinking, what if hell time is different than earth time? Meaning, what if time in hell is likened to that mentioned in 2 Peter 3:8 which says,
‘…with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.’
That would mean that hell time is longer than earth time which I thought meant that He probably was supposed to have stayer there longer. Then the Lord quickly reminded of Mary Magdalene.
In Mark 16 the Bible records that she went to Jesus' tomb, ‘…on the first day of the week’. Then she, ‘…turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus…[then] Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid