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“Journey To The Center Of The Earth”

     When Jesus died on the cross, and He was dead for three days, is there any place in Scripture that says He went to hell and took my judgment?  If so, where can I find it?

The reason that I am asking is that I have a seventeen-year-old grandson, and I was telling him that Jesus took our judgment and was in hell for three days; I've been learning that at church!


Dear Grandma,

      Jesus went to Paradise when He died – He said so.  Jesus told the thief on the cross that they were both going to Paradise after they died (Lk 23:43).  It is a common misconception that Jesus went to hell when He died.  That idea comes from the verse where it states Jesus would spend three days and three nights in “the heart of the earth” (Matt 12:40).  However, that verse is simply stating that Jesus’ body would be buried for three days.  Jesus’ spirit was separated from His body at death (Jas 2:26).  Jesus’ body went into the ground, and His spirit went into Paradise.