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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.

The Designer Baby

genomeIt’s called “Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9,” and it may be a game changer in genetic engineering. Although genetic engineering is nothing new, the Washington Times recently reported that CRISPR is an amazingly “fast, flexible, cheap way to manipulate the code of life.”

CRISPR is so “revolutionary – and unnerving – that hundreds of scientists, policymakers and the president’s science adviser” gathered this week to discuss the implications and ethics of using it on human genes. Before long, this technology could be used to rid genes of hereditary diseases. But, it might also be used for cosmetic reasons…and that’s an ethical dilemma.

They are calling them “Designer Babies.” Would you be ok with picking the eye color of your baby? Height? Would you make your baby stronger? Faster? What if you could plan a future for your child? What would you envision?

I imagine that most of us have ethical concerns about these questions. Yet, if we had the opportunity, wouldn’t we make our child faster, stronger, and give them every advantage in life? That’s why it is so amazing to me that, despite having the means and opportunity, God did the exact opposite.

The greatest designer baby ever was God’s Son in the flesh, Jesus. He was a part of the Godhead (John 1:1-2); He was the vehicle of creation (John 1:3); and, He was born into the flesh through the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18). His coming had been announced since the earliest days of creation (Genesis 3:15).

Yet this baby was born of humble means (Luke 2:7). He was physically human (Hebrews 2:14; 1 Timothy 2:5). And He did not have many advantages in life (Matthew 8:20, 19:21).

Despite being God in the flesh, Jesus faced terrible hardships as a man. He experienced hunger, thirst, and pain. He bled and He died. His precious blood was shed in fulfillment of a plan that was laid before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:19-20).

Yet, God had something greater in store. Jesus arose on the 3rd day, coming back to life as an example to all those who would believe in Him for eternal life. And God has something greater in store for you too!

Your soul is genetically engineered for eternal life…the only question is where you will spend eternity. Live faithfully in Christ today and have a home with God forever.

An Unusual Mortality Event

whales-are-washing-upA few weeks ago, my oldest daughter was given a school assignment to find a story in the news about a beached whale and write a report about it. She found one involving dozens of whales washing ashore in Alaska. Now, her story was on the whales, but what caught my attention was a little phrase they used to describe the beachings: “unusual mortality event.”

An “unusual mortality event,” (UME) is defined as, “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine mammal population; and demands immediate response.” UME is a term that allows the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to go into immediate action to investigate problems with oceanic mammals.

“Unusual” mammal deaths seem to catch our attention and tug at our heartstrings. And that is understandable. We have a deep desire to know “why” and to fix the problem.

But an even greater tragedy occurs en masse today, and few people seem to care about fixing the problem these days…spiritual mortality events!

Millions of “beached souls” are lost every day unnecessarily. Ephesians 2:1-3 points out that sin caused us to lose something precious. We become the walking dead, sons of disobedience who live for the fleshly lusts of this world only. If we continue in our ways, we will spend eternity separated from God.

But, thankfully, an even greater death took place. The most unusual mortality event ever…a death that didn’t last!

It may just have seemed like just another crucifixion in a long stream of Roman brutality, but it was altogether different. The Son of God hung on the cross and died for our sins. And He conquered death for you and me. And that’s an unusual mortality event!

But His death requires immediate action! Are you a Christian? Don’t idly watch as soul after soul washes ashore on the beach of sin! Bring the message of life to those who are perishing.

And if you are living in sin today, please know that He died so you don’t have to die. Want more info? Get in touch…