Catechism in a Year
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
124. In what condition was the body of Christ while it lay in the tomb?
Christ underwent a real death and a true burial. However, the power of God preserved his body from corruption.
"Jesus Christ descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead."
Further reading: CCC 624-630
125. What is the "hell" into which Jesus descended?
This "hell" was different from the hell of the damned. It was the state of all those, righteous and evil, who died before Christ. With his soul united to his divine Person Jesus went down to the just in hell who were awaiting their Redeemer so they could enter at last into the vision of God. When he had conquered by his death both death and the devil "who has the power of death" (Hebrews 2:14), he freed the just who looked forward to the Redeemer and opened for them the gates of heaven.
Further reading: CCC 632-637
These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC.