We were discussing and investigating the Apostle’s Creed, specifically the part where it says, “Was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead,” and considering what all of those parts meant for us as Christians.
Later as I was driving home I had a flash of understanding:
"When he died, he died for all our sins, being perfectly devoid of any sin of his own, and was thus condemned to hell (under the laws set forth in the Old Testament, thereby becoming our perfect sacrifice), and there remained for three days until he conquered death and rose again.
It is only by (and after) this act that salvation from hell is possible; which is why he went to hell in the first place, even though he is perfect and did not require a sacrifice of his own - which allows him to take on all sin and be the ultimate sacrifice.”
(Why is it so often while I’m driving that these moments of sharp clarity come to me?)