Raised in the south I heard a lot of old time religion, which I’m glad because I knew Jesus early on and didn’t go through what a lot of people do, in some ways, worse perhaps because a lot of that theology was just wrong, and limited God. I knew there were people who didn’t believe Jesus went to hell. Not for Himself but for us. Lets look at it, the verse says,
Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Acts 2:27. It is also prophesied in Psalm 16:10 and 89:48. Clearly, He went there, He defeated, death, hell and the grave. He took back those keys from the devil and gave us back Adam’s authority over everything.
It is why He tells us to bind and loose and that we can trample on serpents and scorpions, and we need the Holy Spirit to do that. Just as He knew His body would not be left to decay, and His soul not left in hell. Your soul is your mind, will and emotions, connected to your spirit. The Holy Spirit is your Spirit to varying degrees and the more you submit to Him, you will bypass a lot of that negative emotional anger and stress, and receive His peace. You have to submit your will, Jesus was obedient to death, we can resist even that as the Rapture nears. Your mind has to be renewed, to be like Christ.
Some of the ministers back in the day, God bless them, meant well but may not have even understood the soul. Jesus was supposed to be tossed into the garbage heap with the others that were crucified. Joseph of Aramathea provided Him a tomb. It protected His body. Though some will disagree that He was born again, it is just symbolism, for the power of the Holy Spirit would raise Him and force open that stone, just as a womb gives up the child. I have an upcoming post based on a verse about the wind and womb.
And if you think that’s stretching the analogy, what about the fact He was swaddled, wrapped in linen and put into a manger made of stone. See the similarity? Real mangers weren’t just fluffy beds of straw. Jesus was born to die so that we might live. And live abundantly. It also compares to the cocoon and the butterfly, and the butterfly is symbolic of resurrection our new life. 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
The flesh is corruptible, Jesus was not from the seed of man but incorruptible through the Spirit. The Father would never have left Him, though He lovingly gave Him to the world. He turned His back once, and Jesus ransomed us once and for all, anyone who would receive Him as Lord. We’ve already talked about how day and night were counted differently, Lazarus had been there long enough to start decaying, Jesus would not. The Holy Spirit came rushing through scattering demons and holding Jesus, just like He did the madman, only Jesus was in His right mind. He returned to His body, burned through grave clothes, folded His napkin that covered His face as a sigh of His return and He will return.
As we look forward to Sunday morning. let us remember to celebrate a moment of communion wit Him and remember the horrors of the week, from betrayal by a friend to the depths of hell. He went through it for us. We should be more than grateful and more than humble, honestly, I am always amazed at what He did, and I have so often wished He hadn’t had to endure it, but at the same time I know what we would face with out Him, it is fitting to remember the marred face from the cross but even more so to behold the radiant one of the risen Lord, I am glad the wind was among the tombs. Rebecca Jones /pexels