The Karen knew God and in the 1800’s they gladly received the news of Jesus having taken the punishment for their sins. God did all this and more. He—God the Father, sent Jesus, His Son to live among us, teach, set the captives free, heal the sick, raise the dead and take the punishment for our sins upon Himself. Ultimately, the weight of those sins and their punishment killed Him. But He was resurrected from the dead!
*an important distinction—it’s never “God and Jesus”, since Jesus is part of the “Godhead” three-in-one, but more accurately: God the Father and Jesus the Son. I use the title “God” here in order to communicate.
However, during the time He was dead, as a widely accepted Christian creed says, “He descended into hell” and in I Peter 3:19, “He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.” Jesus preached to all who had lived and died before Him, giving them the opportunity to accept Him as God’s Son, the one who took their punishment so they didn’t have to and the one who would give them eternal life (life that goes on forever).