Q. Does the Bible tell us where Jesus actually went while he was in the tomb? Did he go to be with the father directly or did he go into the bowels of the earth to collect the faithful ..my pastor says his spirit went directly to God, so I’m confused.
A. In Luke 23:43 Jesus said He was going to Paradise. This was a place where spirits of the believing dead went to await the coming Redeemer, since heaven wouldn’t be opened until Jesus officially sprinkled His blood on the altar there. 1 Peter 3:18-20 says He also visited the imprisoned spirits who had disobeyed during Noah’s time.
I think John 20:17 indicates He was going to sprinkle His blood on the altar in Heaven on Sunday morning after His resurrection. A description of this is contained in Hebrews 9:11-12.