In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross to redeem us from the bondage of sin, and died to destroy the scourge of death. He was buried in a new tomb, but in Spirit He went into hades and preached salvation to Adam and his children. His divinity was in absolute unison with His body in the grave and with His soul in Hades. That is why a grave could not hold him captive. Hades could not hold captive the souls Christ redeemed on the Cross either. David spoke of this mystery saying, “You will not leave My soul in hell, neither will You suffer Your Holy One to see corruption” /Ps. 16:10/. And St. Peter the apostle wrote, “For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit, by which He also went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” /1 Pet. 3:18-19/ >>>