Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalms 22:8-9,17-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14-23:56
There is an old legend about St. Martin of Tours and his encounter with a mysterious visitor:
One day as St. Martin sat in his prison cell, a knock suddenly came at the door. Instantly a majestic figure entered his cell.
St. Martin asked, “Who are you?”
“I am the Savior,” was the reply. St. Martin needed proof.
“Then where are the prints of the nails?” he questioned.
With that, the devil disappeared!
“He died, He was buried and He descended into hell,” the ancient Christian Creed says of Jesus Christ. And certain New Testament passages seem to imply, not only that Christ went to the “nether world,” but that He exercised some kind of activity there. Much has been written over the centuries on the meaning of this mysterious event, ranging from scholarly theological tracts to non-academic or ‘gut-level” insights into the meaning of it all. For example, someone has written a short story in which Jesus appears at the gates of hell ……
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