I thought Jesus was the Son of God, why did He go to hell? (Part Four)
The physical body of Jesus was to be the perfect sacrificial gift to God for the awful tragedies man had inflicted upon one another since Adam’s fall. And the Spirit within Him was that part of Him that would take upon itself the sins of the world and pay the penalty for our crimes against God. Or in other words, God sentenced His Son to the pits of hell for a set period of time to fulfill man’s punishment for his sins. To the natural man this doesn’t make sense and this is what causes a lot of people to stumble in their walk with God. But if we want to know the truth – Isaiah 53 beginning in verse four through the end of the chapter gives us a detailed description of what Jesus suffered on our behalf. It also reveals unto us that it was God’s plan for Him to suffer, and not man’s. Pilate said to Jesus in John 19:10 “Do you not know that I (man) have power to crucify you, and power to release you?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore, the one who delivered me to you has the greater sin.” Pilate like most men thought he held the power to do what he wanted to in this world, but Jesus pointed out to him that he was powerless to act against him unless God gave His approval. Some men think they are all powerful because of their position in life and other think they are powerless to do anything about anything, but in both cases that is a lie of Satan. God is our protector and the power in life, and neither Satan or men can do anything to harm God’s property (that’s you and I) unless God allows it to take place. When we understand that God is always for us and never against us; then we can understand He does allow certain things to afflict man, but only to fulfill His plan and not ours. Isaiah describes the awful beatings Jesus the man (who was God incarnate) suffered for our sake, but we must look elsewhere to learn that when Jesus was on the cross only His physical body died and was placed in a borrowed grave until His Spirit returned from hell to take the body of Jesus upon Himself again.
I talked earlier about displacement and I said it is one thing being replaced by another while maintaining an equal balance between that which is and that which is replacing it. To understand the works Jesus performed for man we have to understand the value of displacement. Adam through his sin gave Satan the legal right to inflict injury upon man because they were now his slaves and no longer belonged to God. And when Jesus came displacing the sickness, the mental illness, the physical defects, and overthrowing death that Satan had afflicted his slaves with; Satan knew at some point in time he was going to get his crack at the Son of God who was doing good works freeing his slaves of their afflictions because God is Just and Fair. When we understand displacement we understand that when Jesus healed a person of a disease and to do it legally since that disease had a legal right to be where it was; Jesus had to trade his health for that person’s disease and for every disease He would heal. Everytime Jesus cast out a demon and gave that person peace, since that demon that was displaced had a legal right to be where it was; Jesus traded His sanity for that person’s demon. When Jesus overpowered death and gave life, since death had a right to be where it was; Jesus had to take upon Himself the early death that person suffered.
The question remains – when did this spiritual displacement take place? We know it didn’t happen before Jesus was crucified because Jesus remained pure and holy; otherwise He could not have did all the good works He did because He would have been tainted with the person’s sin after His first miracle. And He Himself said, “Satan would not cast out Satan lest his house become divided and he fall” meaning none of these evil things He had removed from the lives of people had attached themselves to Him. So when did this spiritual transfer take place? It took place upon the cross when Jesus said, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.” [Matthew 27:46] Every demon, every sickness, every curse Jesus had removed from man over the past three to three and half years had their go at His Spirit (the Word of God). It was at this moment in time that God removed the anointing from His Word (the spirit within Jesus) and let the evil Jesus had displaced have their way with Him. And in verse fifty it says “Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.” At that time the physical body of the Word of God that the Father named Jesus died and was placed in a borrowed tomb. It was also at that time that the forces of evil was allowed their revenge for the good works the Word of God had did among man, and took the contaminated Spirit within Jesus to hell with them to torment Him for the time specified by God as the punishement He would suffer for the sins of man. Peter said in 1 Peter 3:14 through 1 Peter 4:6, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He (the Word of God) went and preached to the spirits in prison, (hell) who formerly were disobedient… For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who were dead, (from Adam to the day Christ preached to them in hell) that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” DThrash
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