I Peter 3:18-19 For Christ also hath 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 also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
That word prison refers to the place where the dead lived awaiting the resurrection. Sin had to be paid for before they could enter into the presence of the Father. Jesus went there and revealed the truth to those who were awaiting the resurrection. We are told that Jesus ministered to those who were there. Death is the judgement for sinful man. Jesus became sin for each of us. He paid the debt of death.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Sin must be paid for.
It has a price. The ultimate price is death. Jesus literally died. His spirit separated from His body and He died. This is what happens when you and I die. Now, since His resurrection, the believer’s spirit goes straight to heaven to be with the Lord and the body goes to the grave.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Jesus, while in “prison” was getting ready to lead those who were believers into the presence of the Father.
Prayer: Father, I am thankful that Jesus took my punishment. I realize He died for me and took ALL my sin upon Himself. Help me to live my life in a way that show you I love you and am thankful for all you have done. Help me to honor Jesus and share His love with others, I pray in His name, amen.