Harrowing of Hell
“He also went and preached unto the spirits in prison” (1 Pt 3:19) Today hell cries out groaning: “I should not have accepted the Man born of Mary; for He came and destroyed my power; He shattered the gates of brass. As God, He raised the souls that I had held captive.”
Today, hell cries out groaning: “My dominion has been shattered. I received a dead Man as one of the dead, but against Him I could not prevail. From eternity I had ruled the dead, but behold, He raises all. Because of Him do I perish.”
Today, hell cries out groaning: “My power has been trampled upon. The Shepherd is crucified and Adam is raised. Those whom I swallowed in my strength I have given up; for He Who was crucified has emptied the tomb; the power of death has been vanquished.”
He who descended into hell has plundered hell.