You may say, wait a minute “Easter’s over,” and what would Easter have to do with Adam’s skull anyway?
Yes, Easter’s past and we can pack and tuck everything that goes with it away for another year, but there’s Adam’s skull to contend with. I know, it sounds gruesome and as if it doesn’t mix, but trust me, it does. As Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday is behind us, it’s a perfect time to peer into God’s well-ordered plans, which took thousands of years to unfold.
First, let’s look at Origen, an accomplished Christian theologian, scholar, and teacher. What does he have to do with Adam’s skull?
Origen (A.D. 185-253) lived in Jerusalem about twenty years. He was from Alexandria, Greece, where Origen’s martyred father, Leonides, died in the year 202 during the reign of Septimius Severus. In his span of sixty-nine years, he directed the writings of Hexapla or “Sixfold.” This work is an Old Testament edition written in six columns: Hebrew, Hebrew in Greek characters, the Septuagint, and the Greek versions of Theodotion, Aquila of Sinope, and Symmachus. Origen also wrote commentaries on most of the books of the Bible. His works include over 6,000 pieces. He was also responsible for collection of texts that made up the New Testament.
But what about Adam’s skull?
Origen “believes that Adam, as the father of mankind attained salvation through the Cross of Christ. He refers to a tradition that Adam was buried in the same place that Christ was crucified, and in that place “found resurrection through the resurrection of the Savior… For it was unfitting that while the many sprung from him should receive remission of sins and the blessing of resurrection, he-the father of mankind-should not all the more attain to grace of this kind.” From copticchurch.net
If Adam’s skull was at Calvary, then Calvary (Golgotha) dates back at least 4,000 years.
Imagine Adam receiving salvation through Christ’s Resurrection. It’s both amazing and beautiful. It’s not a stretch either when we realize God is a God of detail. His plans are carefully made, and His plans include redemption. He sees everything that will occur.
It doesn’t stop there. Besides Adam’s skull possibly at Calvary, Origen claimed Adam was a prophet. He said Adam spoke a mystery about Jesus. But that’s another post.
This post is an excerpt from the upcoming publication, Places, C to D.