After Jesus died He didn’t immediately go to Heaven.
During the three days between His death on Friday and resurrection on Sunday, the boundless Mercy of God continued.
First and foremost can we agree that Salvation is fair, without a hint of corruption or bias?
I thought we could.
Let’s explore 1Peter 3:18-19:
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison.
Is it just me, or doesn’t is seem like the last phrase of that verse is oddly attached, maybe even as an afterthought?
Considering how wrong I usually am, not a chance.
Jesus’ public ministry was three years long, and so impressive that it broke time in half…B.C./A.D.
Is it not a parallel that He was dead three days?
Jesus also said to the good thief on the cross, moments before death: “Today you shall be with me in Paradise.”
Here’s my theory…remember I’m no theologian…but I can read.
Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd, Who would go anywhere to gather the lost, and The Gate, through which all must enter.
Peter also said Jesus was in the Spirit and that He “proclaimed” to the spirits in prison.
So, it’s fairly clear Christ preached the Gospel to needy souls…and if everybody was “in the Spirit,” they saw His True nature.
Would not a flawlessly fair God give millions of souls in “prison” (Sheol/Hebrew-Hades/Greek-Purgatory/Latin, who lived and died Before Christ) the same chance, and yes even require them to hear the Word of God, then choose to enter through the Gate, as the rest of us Anno Domino-ers?
And if Jesus is both Shepherd and Gate, did He not have the power to yank sinners from prison and corral them in a place called Paradise (remember the thief, redeemed within seconds of death) sort of an ante-room/lobby, before leading them all into the Banquet Hall of Heaven?
When he ascended on high,
he took captivity captive
and gave gifts to his people.
What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.
Conversely, is it also not possible that many of those souls to whom Christ preached still rejected the Father’s Mercy and chose darkness over light, even after meeting Christ?
How could any intelligent person be that ignorant?
Have you heard of the Pharisees?
No?…What about Liberals?
Yes folks, even though it was only three days, God had the power to make each of those days like a thousand years.
Not fair you say…the people of Christ’s time only had Him three years.
What about you and me…how many years have we been listening to His Word and yet we still sin?
Lord, thank You that Your Mercy is so abundant that You would go anywhere to preach and rescue the lost.
I am the most desperate of souls, yet I trust You to save me…my Shepherd, my Gate.