Tag Archives: Ice

There’s No Body, But He Isn’t A Missing Person

Swiss police identified two bodies on an Alpine glacier recently. Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, Francine, were 40 & 37 respectively, when they went missing. But this was no simple missing persons case – they had disappeared on Aug. 15, 1942, nearly 75 years ago!

Amazingly, the bodies were perfectly preserved, lying next to each other in the ice. Police believe they likely fell into a crevasse. The family reported that rescue teams had searched for 2 months back in 1942, but with no success.

Due to warming, the Swiss regional police say that, as glaciers retreat, several missing person cases are being resolved. The ice has preserved, stuck in time, those who have died. The Dumoulin family is relieved to finally have closure.

When people go missing, it is traumatic for the family. There are many questions that are left unanswered. That is why funerals are so special – a moment of closure for the family.

But there is one famous person whose body went missing and His family took great comfort from the lack of a body! His name was Jesus, and His empty tomb makes all the difference. It makes Christianity unique. There is no body!

In fact, it isn’t the followers of Christ who look for His body today; rather, it is His detractors. Non-believers hold a belief that His body will be found. But the body isn’t there, it never will be, and that’s good for Christianity.

The lack of a body causes consternation for critics, but the facts are irrefutable. The Roman soldiers knew it; the Jewish authorities knew it; and the disciples and eyewitnesses knew it. Jesus rose from the grave, showed Himself to many eyewitnesses, and went to heaven.

Jesus’ family, the church, takes great joy and comfort knowing that there was no body. It is the foundation of the faith. He overcame death, and those who are in Him will too. “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Though funerals are good for earthly closure, I look forward to a better day…and I hope you do too.

Held Hostage By Ice?

Some very unusual hostages are being held by an unusual captor this week in Antarctica. The hostages? 74 scientists, tourists, and crew on the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy. The captor? Ice.

The Shokalskiy, a research vessel studying climate change in Antarctica, fell victim to one of the great dangers of Antarctic travel – ice can close in and freeze around you quickly. Ships stuck in ice are very vulnerable. Icebergs beneath the surface can rip open the hull, severe winds can break ships into pieces, and the pressure of the ice pushing on the hull can crush it.

With all those dangers, several attempts were made at rescuing the crew. “Ice breaker” ships have failed to reach the Shokalskiy, though, because the ice keeps freezing too fast around them and they have to retreat to warmer water! After all, they don’t want to get stuck too!

Ice setting in is a real danger, but did you know that sin often creeps in the same way?

Sometimes we don’t notice sin setting in around us. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus’ disciples were not being alert. Jesus asked them, “Why are you sleeping?…Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Being idle can cause sin to set in around us.

Other times, sin creeps in when we try to help others. In Galatians 6:1, Paul tells those who are spiritual to restore those who have been “caught in any trespass.” Nevertheless, he warns them to look to themselves so that they do not also fall into the same temptations! The “ice” of sin can close in around “ice breakers” too!

New Year’s is a great time to ask ourselves, “Has sin set in around me?” Or, “Have I gotten stuck in some sin that I was trying to help others avoid?” The passengers of the Shokalskiy are getting airlifted to safety via helicopter this week. And I’m sure those passengers will be safe and warm once they are out of Antarctica. But there is only one way to truly be airlifted to eternal safety…and that is being in Christ.