Did Jesus suffer in Hell?

I recently heard a preacher state that Jesus died and then went to Hell for three days to suffer for our sins. This is absolutely wrong! Let’s look at a few scripture passages to see what really happened.

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? Ephesians 4:8-9

Jesus did in fact descend into the lowest parts of the earth. Does that mean he did suffer in Hell? Or is there something else besides Hell that is located in the lowest parts of the earth?

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. Luke 16:19-30

The rich man died and went to Hell – a place of torments. Lazarus also died, but he neither went to Hell to be tormented nor went to Heaven to be with God. Lazarus was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom where there was no suffering. Lazarus was comforted in Abraham’s bosom. Where is Abraham’s bosom? In the scripture we see that it is next to Hell and the two are separated by a gulf. The rich man could see Abraham and Lazarus. In the lowest parts of the earth, there were two places: Hell and Abraham’s bosom. The lost went to Hell and the saved went to Abraham’s bosom.

Now we know that there are two places in the lowest parts of the earth. So how can we tell if Jesus went to Hell to suffer for three days or if he went to Abraham’s bosom?

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:39-43

According to the scriptures, when did Jesus tell the repentant thief he would be with him in paradise? Today! Not after three days. The day Jesus died, he went to paradise. Would you call a place of torments paradise? Doesn’t it sound more like a description of Abraham’s bosom where people are comforted?

So if Jesus did not go to Hell to suffer for our sins, when was God’s wrath poured out on him as the penalty for our sins?

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30

Right before Jesus died, he said “It is finished.” He must have suffered all of God’s wrath before he died. Do the scriptures support this?

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:45-46

For three hours, from the sixth to the ninth hour, God turned the lights out on the earth because he didn’t want anyone looking in when he poured out all of his wrath on his son – when he bruised the son for our iniquities. It was during these three hours that God the son had become sin for us and he could not call God, Father, as before. The son was forsaken by the Father. It was during these three hours that Jesus suffered in our place. Jesus did not have to go to Hell to suffer the torments of those flames.

Have you been born-again? The wrath that God poured out on Jesus for your sins was so horrible that God darkened the whole earth so no one could see how horrible it was. If you reject the price that Christ paid for you, God will repay you with the same wrath. Jesus was able to suffer the eternal wrath of God in three hours because Jesus is an eternal being. Since you are not an eternal being, you will have to suffer God’s wrath for all of eternity. You are a transgressor of God’s laws. You have lied. You have not honored your parents. You have not loved God with your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your might. You have murdered in your heart if you have ever hated another. You are an adulterer in heart if you have ever lusted. You are guilty. Justice demands punishment for your transgressions. Jesus has paid your penalty. To receive God’s mercy, confess and forsake your sins today. Trust in the finished work of Christ.

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5 Responses to “Did Jesus suffer in Hell?”


  1. […] In a previous post, Did Jesus suffer in Hell?, I explained how Jesus did not suffer in Hell to pay for our sins, but rather he suffered God’s wrath while he was still on the cross. Here is another passage that shows Jesus could not have suffered in Hell: He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Daniel 3:25 […]

  2. […] For a more in-depth look at this, read my earlier article: Did Jesus Suffer In Hell? […]

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  4. Christopher says:

    When Jesus said “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me”?
    He was not asking a question, He was God incarnate. There was nothing that caught Him by surprise or that He did not know the answer to.
    If you read the 22nd Psalm, you will find that what Jesus is doing is simply (as He always was doing) quoting scripture.

    Psalm 22 is speaking of how Israel trusted in God for their deliverance, and how that deliverance is brought about by Jesus, the one spoken of in that Psalm, that is forsaken for them.

    Psalm 22 (New King James Version)

    To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Deer of the Dawn.” A Psalm of David.
    1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
    Why are You so far from helping Me,
    And from the words of My groaning?
    2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
    And in the night season, and am not silent.

    3 But You are holy,
    Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
    4 Our fathers trusted in You;
    They trusted, and You delivered them.
    5 They cried to You, and were delivered;
    They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.

    6 But I am a worm, and no man;
    A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
    7 All those who see Me ridicule Me;
    They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
    8 “He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him;
    Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

    9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
    You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.
    10 I was cast upon You from birth.
    From My mother’s womb
    You have been My God.
    11 Be not far from Me,
    For trouble is near;
    For there is none to help.

    12 Many bulls have surrounded Me;
    Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
    13 They gape at Me with their mouths,
    Like a raging and roaring lion.

    14 I am poured out like water,
    And all My bones are out of joint;
    My heart is like wax;
    It has melted within Me.
    15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
    And My tongue clings to My jaws;
    You have brought Me to the dust of death.

    16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
    The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
    They pierced[c] My hands and My feet;
    17 I can count all My bones.
    They look and stare at Me.
    18 They divide My garments among them,
    And for My clothing they cast lots.

    19 But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me;
    O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
    20 Deliver Me from the sword,
    My precious life from the power of the dog.
    21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth
    And from the horns of the wild oxen!

    You have answered Me.

    22 I will declare Your name to My brethren;
    In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
    23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him!
    All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
    And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
    24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
    Nor has He hidden His face from Him;
    But when He cried to Him, He heard.

    The Lord never forsook His Son, in the way that many teach. But what is really happening is that Jesus is saying to the Jews present at His crucifixion,, “Listen everyone to the scripture verse that Im quoting, Psalm 22, because the answer to Psalm 22:3-5 is hanging here upon the cross!
    22:3 But You are holy,
    Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
    4 Our fathers trusted in You;
    They trusted, and You delivered them.
    5 They cried to You, and were delivered;
    They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
    Jesus is telling them that the deliverance that they have been waiting for, the one that is enthroned in the praises of Israel is here right in front of Israel!! He is saying to them. You trusted in God, and He has given me to be a curse for you, forsaken and left to die upon the tree, so that you may live!

    This is what Jesus was saying, He wasnt asking His Father the question, He was quoting scripture for all listening, as He was always doing.

    Blessings in Christ,
    Chris Petitti

  5. Jesus Christ our Lord suffered death in his body and in his soul for our sins. Sheol, or Hades is not the grave. In the story of the rich man and Lazurus, the rich man is in Hades or Sheol. Ps.16:10 speaks of his soul being in Sheol, and his body not seeing corruption. When Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, his soul was raised from Sheol, or Hades and his body was raised from the grave incorruptible

    The apostle Paul quotes Ps.2:7 when explaining the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
    “Thou art my Son, this day, I have begotten thee.” Jesus Christ is called the firstborn of the dead. Jesus Christ says,”Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and Hades.” (Rev.1:18).

    When the apostle Peter declared the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost he quoted Ps.16:10, before quoting this Psalm he said, “But God raised him up, having loosed him from the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” Acts 2:24.

    The pangs of death are literally translated the birth pangs of death. God loosed His Son from such pain. The expression ‘birth pangs of death’ are found in Ps. 116, a Psalm which the apostle Paul refers to in 2 Corinth. 4:13. This expression is also found in Ps.18 and also includes, ‘the birth pangs of Sheol, or Hades”. Hosea 13:14 also speaks of the birth pangs of death and sheol. Hosea speaks of the power of Hades and of the sting of Hades. This scripture is referred to by Paul in 1 Corinth.15:54-55.

    If we only knew the extent to which our Lord Jesus Christ suffered for our sins, and if we only knew the power of deliverance that we have in his resurrection from Sheol and the grave. Thanks be to God who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


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