Where Did Jesus Go Between His Death and Resurrection?

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are two of the most significant events in Christian theology. While the resurrection is well documented in the Bible, what happened to Jesus between his death and resurrection is less clear. This article will explore some of the different theories about where Jesus went during this time.

The Biblical Account

The Bible does not provide a detailed account of where Jesus went between his death and resurrection. However, there are a few clues that can help us understand what may have happened.

One possible theory is that Jesus descended into Hell. In the Apostle’s Creed, which is a statement of faith used by many Christian denominations, there is a line that says “He descended into Hell.” This has been interpreted by some to mean that Jesus went to Hell after his death.

Another clue comes from 1 Peter 3:18-20, which says “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 suggests that after his death, Jesus went and preached to spirits who were imprisoned because of their disobedience during Noah’s time. Some interpret this as meaning that Jesus went to Hell or some other kind of underworld.

Other Theories

While these biblical clues suggest that Jesus may have gone to Hell or some other kind of underworld between his death and resurrection, there are other theories as well.

One theory is that Jesus simply ceased to exist for three days. This theory suggests that when he died on the cross, he truly died and did not exist until he was resurrected three days later.

Another theory is that Jesus went directly to heaven after his death. This theory is based on the idea that Jesus was sinless and therefore did not need to be purified in Hell or any other kind of underworld.


In the end, we may never know for certain where Jesus went between his death and resurrection. The Bible provides some clues, but they are open to interpretation. What is clear, however, is that Jesus’ death and resurrection are central to Christian theology and have profound implications for believers.

As we continue to study and reflect on these events, it is important to approach them with humility and a willingness to learn from others who may have different interpretations. Ultimately, our understanding of where Jesus went during this time should not overshadow the importance of what he accomplished through his death and resurrection: salvation for all who believe in him.