In this blog, based on Hebrews 2:14-15, the writer’s sanctified speculation on what happened when Jesus entered Hades.
A few years ago a mammoth rock in the hills above Pacific Coast Highway ripped loose and tore through all the barriers Cal Trans had built to prevent such a catastrophe. When it finally came to rest on the highway, it proved too massive to move. As I remember, engineers decided to drill holes in the monster, plant explosives, and blow it into smaller, movable stones.
Consider death as Satan’s solid, impenetrable “too big to move” problem, “too invincible to contest” issue. A petrified black hole so dense that everyone entering it disappeared and never re-appeared. Jesus willingly drilled himself inside the depths of death to its very core—and vanished.
However…not so fast.
Isaiah 14 records the activity in Hades when the Babylonian king descended. Nothing in Hades felt any stirring when Jesus Christ, the Ancient of Days, entered, his lion-tamer’s eyes probing those depths like arc lights. No one in Hades dared approach him, look at him, glance at him.
No one roused himself for the King of the World as they had for the king of Babylon. No spirits approached to deride him as one once strong who had become weak. None rose from their thrones to commiserate with him as one whose pomp had vanished, whose voice had been silenced.
No…everyone there knew…he had come from earth, as all in Hades always had. They also knew that something mysterious existed in him they couldn’t decipher, something regnant they couldn’t withstand.
For whatever cause he came, they didn’t know. To what purpose they couldn’t imagine. But they knew: when he entered bridling with disdain of the death that seemed to disgrace him, he didn’t Belong There. Though they couldn’t know he had come only to pay a visit, not to stay, and would soon be gone. They couldn’t know it would be only HOURS. They couldn’t know that God had him buried in a borrowed tomb because he wouldn’t need it long!
And that is our hope today. However short or long our stay in Hades, it’s temporary, not permanent. For whenever Jesus Christ shouts the dead alive and the living changed, we shall exit death once for all and enter into everlasting life through Jesus Christ in all his Glory. Forever. And ever. Hallelujah. Amen! Finis
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