|The Descent of Christ into Hades (Hell)|
The Gospel Saturday is one of the most important days leading up to Easter. After crucifixion, Christ descended into Sheol (Hades/Hell) to preach the good news to the men and women who departed this world and had never heard the gospel.
" the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water" 1 Peter 3:18-20]For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit
In Jacob's bovooso (supplication) after burial service we learn who all met Christ in Sheol. In the depths of Sheol, all the departed came and bowed down before Him; Abel the first-killed was the first one to bow before the Savior (what a privilege!!). Followed by Abel came Adam, Noah, Abraham, the Judges, Priests, Kings, Moses and the band of prophets, and the Levites.
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