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Did Jesus die and go to hell?


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. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. 1 Peter 3:19-22
            Peter made a claim in this book that appears no where else in the Bible.  It says Jesus died and went to hell, then lectured the people in hell, especially those from the days of Noah, who rejected the ark and drowned in their sins.  Did that happen?
            If so, Peter would know because he saw Jesus after this happened, right before the resurrection.
            If it didn’t happen literally, it definitely happened figuratively.  Jesus’ death on the cross offered salvation to those drowning in sin.  People can choose to accept this life raft or refuse it, just as those in Noah’s day literally did.  Jesus’ death made a proclamation to those in hell that they had a chance to be saved, but refused it.  God reached out to those all the way back in Noah’s time to save them, however, only eight accepted the invitation.
            The rain waters of Noah’s day washed the earth of its sinfulness, just as baptism symbolically acknowledges our purification from sin through Jesus’ death.