Matthew 27:50 "And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit." Matthew 27:52 "The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised." Matthew 27:53 "...and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the city and appeared to many." All ESV
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We have to remember that all of the old testament saints went to paradise in the center of the earth. Jesus told the thief on the cross, today you will be with me in paradise.
Jesus did not ascend to heaven until the transfiguration at his return to heaven.
Jesus took all of the old testament saints out of paradise to heaven.
Now when we die we go straight to heaven. Paul said, absent from the body, present with the Lord. John 3:18.