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a.gif (1659 bytes)   No, Jesus did not go to hell after He died on the cross. First, because of where He said that He would be that very day. Luke 23:39-43 says, "And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, TO DAY SHALT THOU BE WITH ME IN PARADISE." He would be in paradise — not in hell, that very day.

    II Corinthians 12:2-4 tells us that "paradise" is the "third heaven" — not hell. "I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one CAUGHT UP TO THE THIRD HEAVEN. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was CAUGHT UP INTO PARADISE, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."

    Secondly, there was no need for Jesus to go to hell after He died on the cross. On the cross He said, "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, IT IS FINISHED: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." (John 19:30). It was the shedding of His precious blood that paid the terrible price for our sin. Hebrews 9:22 says, "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Ephesians 1:7 says, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." Suffering in hell cannot take away sins. If His pure, righteous blood could not redeem our souls, then there would have been no hope for us. No amount of suffering in hell can take away one sin.

    Have you placed your complete faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His precious blood for your sin?

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