One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Where did Jesus go for the period of 3 days after he was crucified? Very little is said in the Bible of where Jesus was and what he was doing during the three days, but here’s what we do know:
He promised the thief on the cross that they would be together in paradise after death. (Luke 23:39-42)
It says paradise. Let us define this:
(in some religions) heaven as the ultimate abode of the just. Again this is the ultimate goal of the just.
It should be noted that inn the period post crucifixion Jesus did not go to The Father, but definitely was ‘somewhere’. Performing the work that He had been given took precedence over all. He was sent to witness. We see that in His time on earth so many came to know Him and believe. In The Word that follows after His ascension into Heaven so many gave their lives and came to believe
synonyms:heaven, the kingdom of heaven, the heavenly kingdom, Elysium, the Elysian Fields, Valhalla, Avalon
“the souls in paradise”
the abode of Adam and Eve before the Fall in the biblical account of the Creation; the Garden of Eden.
synonyms:the Garden of Eden, Eden
“Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Paradise”
an ideal or idyllic place or state.
“the surrounding countryside is a walker’s paradise”
synonyms:Utopia, Shangri-La, heaven, idyll, nirvana
“a tropical paradise”
bliss, heaven, ecstasy, delight, joy, happiness, nirvana, heaven
When Mary recognized him in the garden after his resurrection, he told her that he had not yet been to heaven. (John 20:15-17 ) From this we can deduce that Heaven, where God is, is something distinct from Paradise, where Jesus had been while he was dead.
While he was dead and in paradise, he “went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” (1 Peter 3:18-20) This shows that he wasn’t simply laying around relaxing, but continuing his ministry on the other side, preaching the gospel to sinners just as he had in mortality.
To answer this I have spent time Going over Scripture. I admit not much is said. The souls in between their human death and the final judgement were in my view- given a chance. I will admit that this was a one time chance. If and when spirits of people who had not heard The Word of God. Think of this-Goliath who faced David was most likely never preached “God”. This goes to so many nations, tribes and people. It gets complex quickly.
The question is where was Christ for those 3 days? I am aware that in the ‘afterlife’ there is no time. Spirits are where their acts determine they will be.
We are made for God, by God, we have shared earlier that you should speak to your creator to ensure that you are where you were destined and designed to be. I will share a quick scripture that explains a lot:
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of Heaven and Earth, having discussed this they are together-for Earth was created with all within it and God saw that it was ‘good’. God does not live in temples built by human hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole Earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. All has been determined; your existence, as we have pointed out, it is dependent on your ‘decision’ follow Him or choose to believe God does not exist
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’b As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:24-28
We might ‘decide’; hopefully correctly. Which is why prayer is encouraged with each step.
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 This verse is so very important. Can anyone guess which verse is shorter in Scripture? It is just as important because it shows how a portion of our Father dealt with loss of a Loved one. (I know we have a few heads shaking. We are all Loved!) In His ministry there were people Jesus related with that went a step ‘beyond’. Even their reactions. The sister of Lazarus who sat at his feet to spend the time basking in His Glory was reprimanded by her sister.
Mary and Martha were real women, not illustrations in a parable. They lived with their brother, Lazarus, in Bethany, a small village within easy walking distance of the old city of Jerusalem via the Mount of Olives. John records that “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus” and wept at Lazarus’ death. (John 11:5, 32–36.)
We read of Mary and Martha on only three occasions, each of which reveals different facets of their characters.
Together, They Learned of the Savior
We are first introduced to Mary and Martha in the book of Luke. The story related there has probably produced the feeling that somehow Martha is not the spiritual equal of her sister Mary. Jesus and his disciples have come to Judea from Capernaum. “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.” (Luke 10:38.) We are not told whether Jesus knew the people in this particular household. Perhaps he was already acquainted with them, because there seems to be some familiarity as Jesus and Martha communicate with each other.
For years I have mistakenly assumed that Mary sat at Jesus’ feet while Martha worked in the kitchen. Not so. In verse 39 Luke carefully explains that Martha “had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His word.” (Luke 10:39; italics added.) They both sat there to hear the words of eternal life from their Lord.