April 11, 2014

Easter Gift Guide: Where Did Jesus Go? by Tommy Mann




Where Did Jesus Go? by Tommy Mann

Publisher: WestBow Press

Pub. Date: December 4, 2013

Retail: $9.95 (paperback) 

ISBN: 978-1490816906 

Pages: 84 

 

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Synopsis: 

Have you ever wondered where Jesus went after He died?

Did He go to heaven or hell? Did His soul remain in the tomb? Where Did Jesus Go? explores where Jesus spent the time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and it offers an in-depth look at many places that people are curious about, including

Heaven, Paradise, and New Jerusalem
Hell, Hades, and the Lake of Fire; and
Gahenna, Tartarus, and Purgatory.

Come find out for yourself where Jesus’ soul was while His body was in the tomb.

Excerpt:

Just as hell is like a holding cell within Hades, so Paradise is also like a holding cell. There is an important difference between the two cells though. We read in Luke 16 that the rich man in hell was suffering in torment because he was in a cell of punishment. But what we read about Lazarus in his cell is much different. In Luke 16:25 Abraham told the rich man that Lazarus was being “comforted.”

Paradise was not a cell of punishment; it was a place of rest and comfort. We see that the rich man is crying out in pain and despair, but Abraham is able to talk back to him under control. There is no reason to believe from this passage that Abraham is in any way uncomfortable where he is.

So a natural question may now arise: why would God send these believers to a holding cell? These are the good ones, right? These are the people who, according to Hebrews 11:13, “died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them...” So why would God make them sit for up to 4,000 years in a holding cell?

The answer is really quite obvious: these people could not go to heaven because of their sin. Under the Old Covenant the best that people could do was delay God’s judgment of their sin, but their sin could not be forgiven. God is very much a loving, forgiving God, but He is just as much holy and just as He is loving and forgiving. This means that God must punish sin, and according to Romans 6:23, the punishment, or earned payment for sin, is death.

This does not mean that the death of the Old Testament saints satisfied the sin problem, for it is not just a physical death that comes from sin. Revelation 20:14 speaks of a second death, which is the final fate of those who reject Jesus with their lives, and this second death is in the lake of fire (Revelation 2:11, 20:6, and 21:8 also speak of the second death).

So the earned payment for our sins is death and eternal separation from God, and since God is both holy and just, He must see to it that our sentence is carried out. If God were to offer forgiveness to sinners deserving of death, then He would immediately cease to be holy or just. Because of that, Adam and Eve all the way down to the thief on the cross next to Jesus could not go to heaven.

During their lifetime, if they were righteous and “believed in the promises,” then they could have God’s wrath delayed on them. This concept, known theologically as propitiation, came about as the result of the sacrificial system. When their hands were placed on the lamb’s head and their sin was symbolically transferred to the lamb, God’s wrath was delayed, meaning that even though they will still face physical death for their sin, God would delay His judgment on the second (spiritual) death.

In Chapter 4 we saw that Jesus was the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. Upon the death of Jesus, when the sin of the world was transferred to the spotless Lamb, a final sacrifice was made. God became satisfied to look at the sacrifice of His Son and accept that as our offering. No longer would we need to delay God’s wrath through propitiation; Jesus received the full brunt of God’s wrath for us. That put God in a position to be able to forgive us while still being just.

The crime has been punished by the Judge! God is still holy and just, and now justified in offering love and forgiveness to the criminals. More than that, God can now rightfully have a relationship with us and still be holy Himself. Our physical death will still come—that is part of the curse of sin—but we will no longer have to face a second death because God is justified in allowing us to live with Him in heaven after our physical death. Jesus became our propitiation!

About the Author:

Tommy was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and he moved to Arlington, Texas, where he received his bachelor's degree in Bible from Arlington Baptist College. While in Texas Tommy met and married his wife Alicia, and they live in South Carolina with their daughter Reagan and son TJ.

While in college Tommy served as a youth pastor for three years in Grand Prairie, Texas. In January of 2008 he was called to be the pastor of students at Philippi Baptist Church in Union, South Carolina, where he is presently serving as Associate Pastor. In 2009 Tommy Mann Ministries was created to spread the message of Jesus Christ through Tommy's writing.

The book is available anywhere books are sold, and on my website, www.tommymannministries.com.

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