Biblical Moment: Holy Saturday; Jesus does Not just Lay in Tomb; He Frees the Souls in Hell!

Biblical Moment: Holy Saturday; Jesus does not just Lay in the Tomb; He Frees the Souls in Hell!

Holy Saturday—the last day of Holy Week to prepare for Easter Sunday. We grieve, we wait, we fear, we hope. We have Jesus’ Promise of The Holy Spirit the Last Supper with Him on Thursday. We know we should ‘Love One Another’ as Jesus told and demonstrated to us.

A week ago on Palm Sunday we thought Jesus was coming to Jerusalem to be the King of the Jews in the world which we knew and lived. Now He has been crucified and has died. The body of Our Lord and Savior lays in the Tomb.

But He did more than lay there! Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth—Hell—Hades–and proclaimed good tidings to the dead!

The term ‘Harrowing of Hell’ refers not merely to the idea that Christ descended into Hell but that He triumphed over their death and released the captives of Hell, particularly Adam and Eve, and the righteous men and women of the Old Testament period.

God Bless and see you on the other side!

For, for this cause was the Gospel preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”—1 Peter 4:6

But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s Gift. Therefore, it says: “Jesus ascended on high and took prisoners captive; he gave gifts to men.” What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended into the lower regions of the earth? The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.”

Ephesians 4:7-10


Hell is Hell but Called ‘Hades’ in the Bible:

“And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to Heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.”

—Matthew 11:23

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”—Matthew 16:18

“And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to Heaven, will be brought down to Hades.”—Luke 10:15

“And being in torments in Hades, the rich man lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’”

—Luke 16:23-24

For David says of God: ‘I saw the Lord ever before me, with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope, for You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your Presence.’”Acts 2:25-27

But since David was a Prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him that He would set one of his descendants upon His Throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the Resurrection of the Christ, that his soul was not left in Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses.”—Acts 2:30-32

O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

1 Corinthians 15:55

When I John caught sight of Jesus, I fell down at His Feet as though dead. He touched me with His Right Hand and said, “Do not be afraid. I AM the First and the Last, I AM He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I AM alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”—Revelation 1:17-18

“The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.”—Revelation 20:13

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