For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly
of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and
three nights in the heart of the earth.
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he
gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the
temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth
shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the
bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to
life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus'
resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding
Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they
were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the
Son of God!"
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my
body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon
me to the grave, [Sheol] nor will you let your Holy One
see decay. You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal
pleasures at your right hand.
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ
apportioned it.This is why it [Or God] says: "When
he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and
gave gifts to men." (What does "he
ascended" mean except that he also descended to the
lower, earthly regions [Hades]? He who descended is the
very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in
order to fill the whole universe.) (see also Psalm 68:18)
- I Peter 4:5-6
But they will have to give account to him who is
ready to judge the living and the dead. For this
is the reason the gospel was preached even to
those who are now dead, so that they might be
judged according to men in regard to the body,
but live according to God in regard to the
And I tell you that you are Peter, [petros, cephas, a
pebble] and on this rock [Petra, bedrock] I will build my
church, and the gates of Hades [Hell] will not overcome
In hell, [Hades] where he was in torment, he looked up
and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he
called to him, `Father Abraham, have pity on me and send
Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my
tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'
"But Abraham replied, `Son, remember that in your
lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus
received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you
are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a
great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go
from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from
there to us.'
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own
house, his possessions are safe. But when someone
stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the
armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince
of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from
the earth, will draw all men unto me.
[Jesus] having canceled the written code, with its
regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed
to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And
having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a
public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the
2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal
procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere
the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in
their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him
who holds the power of death--that is, the devil--and
free those who all their lives were held in slavery by
their fear of death.
I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive
for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and
I Corinthians 15:55-57
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is
your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the
power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives
us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than
any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing
soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the
thoughts and attitudes of the heart.Nothing in all
creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is
uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we
must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high
priest who has gone through the heavens, [or gone into
heaven] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the
faith we profess.
Now there have been many of those priests, since death
prevented them from continuing in office;but because
Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
Therefore he is able to save completely [Or forever]
those who come to God through him, because he always
lives to intercede for them.
Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy,
blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above
the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not
need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own
sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed
for their sins once for all when he offered himself.
For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak;
but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the
Son, who has been made perfect forever. The point of what
we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who
sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty
in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true
tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.
When Christ came as high priest of the good things that
are already here, [are to come] he went through the
greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made,
that is to say, not a part of this creation.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and
calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all
by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. The
blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer
sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify
them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more,
then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our
consciences from acts that lead to death, [Or from
useless rituals] so that we may serve the living God!
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly
Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to
thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to
the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in
heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to
the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the
mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood
that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
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