Journey Between Crucifixion and Resurrection: Where Was Jesus?

Farrukh Saif

March 30, 2024

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Where was Jesus during the three days between his crucifixion and resurrection? According to John 19:30, when Jesus received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Then His Body was Placed in the nearby tomb, according to (John 19:40–42). He rose from the dead three days later, as mentioned in John Chapter 20. A question arose: where did Jesus go during these three days?

The Synoptic Gospels did not highlight these events, but various passages in the New Testament describe where Jesus went.

The most explicit insight Scripture offers about Jesus’ whereabouts between His death and resurrection arises from His conversation with one of the thieves crucified alongside Him. As the thief seeks remembrance in Jesus’ kingdom (Luke 23:42-43), Jesus responds, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Hence, upon His death, Jesus ascended to the blessed realm of heaven, where God is.

When discussing Jesus’ whereabouts during the three days between His death and resurrection, another frequently cited passage is found in 1 Peter 3:18–20. It reads, “ For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits- to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.”

This passage explains that during the interval between His death and resurrection, He descended to hell/ Hades to communicate with the imprisoned “spirits.” These spirits could be understood as fallen angels, human beings, or both. However, Peter did not specifically give Jesus’ proclamation to these imprisoned spirits.

But it is certain Jesus proclaimed His triumph over Satan and his followers, as mentioned in Hebrews 2: 14-15 and Colossians 2:15

There are many other references in the Bible that highlight Jesus’ activities during the three days between His death and resurrection.

Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:8, “When he ascended on high, he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.” It was a quote from Psalm 68:18, which he mentioned in his letter to Ephesians. This Proves that Jesus took the host of Captives and led them to the Permanent dwelling place in heaven as He promised in John 14:2-6

“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

So it is clear that Jesus went to Heaven first, as He promised to one of the thieves on the cross. Then, He prepared a place for all who believe in Him, and afterward, He went to hell/Hades and preached among the captive souls. All those who believed in Him were saved, and He took them to Heaven. And now He will come back to take us all who have faith in Him.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.


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