The three days between Jesus’ death and resurrection have long been a source of intense speculation, as little to no information is known about His whereabouts during this mysterious time. However, there have been a number of theories over the centuries about where Jesus was during the three days before He rose from the dead.
One theory suggests that Jesus descended into Hell, and battled against the forces of evil in order to rescue the souls of the faithful. This view is based on an early Christian doctrine known as the Harrowing of Hell, which stated that Jesus descended into the Underworld to free those who were held captive—including the Old Testament saints and the righteous people who lived prior to His coming.
Another belief is that Jesus spent the three days between His death and resurrection in the belly of the earth, where He preached to the spirits in prison, according to 1 Peter 3:19. This view is based on the assumption that after His death, Jesus appeared to the spirits who had not accepted the gospel when they were alive.
A third theory suggests that Jesus travelled to Paradise in the afterlife, where He brought the souls of the righteous, who had died before Him, back to Heaven. This view is based largely on the teachings of Jesus that He would go to prepare a place for believers, telling them “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.” (John 14:2).
Ultimately, the exact whereabouts of Jesus in the three days between His death and resurrection is unknown. However, these theories provide an interesting insight on what may have happened during this period of time and can offer us a greater understanding into the mystery of Jesus’ life.