What happened when Jesus died on the cross? We know that Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus in a tomb he owned. They had to do it quickly because Passover was about to begin. Jesus lay in the grave 3 days. So what happened on the second day? The bible is very clear about this. Because Jesus had not risen from the dead, He descended into hades. Hades and hell were both located in the same place. But hades was reserved for the faithful in God. Hell is for sinners and devils. Jesus descended into hades and took the keys of death and hell away from the devil, then led captivity captured. Jesus brought the saints home to heaven. Then on the third day, God raised Jesus from the dead, to make Him Lord of lords and King of kings. Ephesians 4.