Some teachers in religion say that Jesus was punished in hell.
Is that true?
What do they base that idea on?
Well I’m about answer those questions for you by using scripture, and you’ll soon see just how heretical and downright blasphemous that false teaching is.
The fact is, there’s not one syllable in scripture that would even suggest that Jesus was punished in hell.
So let’s get right to scripture to learn what happened during Jesus’ time of death between His crucifixion and resurrection shall we?
** Here in the book of Psalms, we see the prophesy about Jesus not seeing corruption during His time of death between His crucifixion and His resurrection:
9 “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
** 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
** And here we see this fulfilled-prophesy mentioned in the book of Acts:
26 “Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
** 27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.”
Understand please that prior to Jesus’ resurrection, hell was divided into two sides (that were visible to each other), but were separated by a great gulf fixed. [I picture in my mind something like two opposing land-masses on each side of a great canyon].
One side was the place for the torment for lost souls, and the other side was a pleasant waiting area, often referred to as “Abraham’s bosom.” This is where dead old covenant saints waited for the Messiah to come and actually pay their sin debt. [Which had only been paid on credit by animal blood until the sacrifice of Jesus, see Romans 3.25].
Therefore going to hell (for anyone) prior to Jesus’ resurrection didn’t necessarily mean a place of torment. (It just depends which side of hell is being referenced in context of the scripture). Such an example of someone going to the pleasant side of hell prior to Jesus’ resurrection is when David wrote in Psalm 16.10: “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell”
Now consider the following scripture please:
“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”
19 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.“
** Here we see more scripture confirming that Jesus went into the lower parts of the earth:
8 “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
** 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”
** Next we see that Jesus went and preached to the lost spirits in hell who perished in the flood. Take special notice that the scripture does not say that Jesus preached “the gospel” to those damned spirits. No one who is condemned in hell gets a second chance to be saved.
So whatever Jesus communicated to them, it was something that they needed to hear.
1 Peter 3
18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
** 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
** 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”
So how do we know for certain that Jesus wasn’t punished in hell while He was down there vacating Abraham’s bosom & preaching to damned spirits?
It’s because of what He accomplished for us on the cross.
He paid our entire sin debt on that cross…not in hell!
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
Thank you for visiting with me, and as always…
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.