Back on April 20th, Easter Sunday, I continued my series in the book of Hebrews. We looked at Hebrews 2:14-18. One question that I had to address was whether or not the author of this letter explicitly mentions the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Continue reading . . .
Back on April 20th, Easter Sunday, I continued my series in the book of Hebrews. We looked at Hebrews 2:14-18. One question that I had to address was whether or not the author of this letter explicitly mentions the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Those who were present that Sunday morning may have noticed that the author of Hebrews says nothing explicit about the bodily resurrection of Jesus in this particular text. For that matter, he hasn’t said anything explicit about the resurrection since the start of the epistle back in chapter one and verse one.
But that’s only partly true, and the key is in my use of the word “explicit”. The fact is, our author has either implicitly assumed or directly alluded to the resurrection on several occasions. In fact, nothing of what he has said about Jesus up through the end of chapter two makes any sense at all unless one takes for granted that Jesus was raised from the dead.
For example, in Hebrews 1:3 we are told that “after making purification for sins,” a reference to the sacrificial death of Jesus, “he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” But if he wasn’t raised from the dead he could hardly have been exalted by God the Father and could hardly have sat down at the right hand of God. His body would still be rotting away in a Palestinian tomb.
Also, Psalm 2:7, quoted in Hebrews 1:5, refers directly to the resurrection of Jesus. There God declared: “You are my Son, today I have begotten you.” In Acts 13:33 and other passages this OT text is