>Last Sunday I ask the question, “Do you ever wonder where Christ went after He died?” This has implications for us in our expectations of where we will spend eternity and at what point will we begin to experience eternity. I am going to go through some background and then come back to the question.
It is my understanding that those who put their trust in Christ begin a relationship with Christ that will never end. In Ephesians 1:13-14 we are told, “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” This verse highlights that once we place our faith in Christ the relationship is secure and the Holy Spirit is given as proof and promise of the security.
At death then, the relationship that was started in life does not end. Nor is it paused. John 6:47 states, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.” Eternal life has the idea of a life that will never stop and in context it is life lived in right relationship with God that will never stop.
With this as the background, where did Jesus go after His death? It is my understanding that Jesus had perfect fellowship with the Father. As Jesus was on the cross, He commented, in Luke 23:43, to the criminal who moved toward Him in faith, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” I think it is safe to say that Jesus went into God’s presence immediately after death. So it is to for all who have faith in Christ.