Q. I would like to know what Jesus did those 3 days after he died on the cross and prior to resurrection. Was there more punishment to endure? If so, what was it for exactly? I have had some interpretation on it but not much scripture.
A. Some teach that when the Lord went into the grave it was to endure 3 more days of torment at the hands of the devil, but I don’t buy it, primarily because the Bible doesn’t support that idea. Here’s what is tells us about the last things He said before He died.
In John 19:28 we read, “Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said ‘I am thirsty.‘ ”
John 19:29 says they gave Him a drink.
Then John 19:30 tells us, “When He had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished’. With that He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”
Jesus couldn’t have said that if His punishment for our sins was not completed yet.
Also, in Luke 23:43 Jesus promised one of the men being crucified with Him that they would be in Paradise together that very day. He couldn’t have made that promise if He was going to be tormented for three more days as Satan’s captive.