People of the Empty Tomb
The Empty Tomb. Photo courtesy www.LumoProject.com
For the past three hours, the light was leaving Golgotha. Three men hung on a cross, one so badly beaten he was barely recognizable. Above him hung a sign that read “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” Within viewing distance
“…we live as empty tomb people.”
As I gazed out the window of our locked mission house in Savanette, Haiti, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was chaos, as our world was crumbling before my eyes. My friend, our Haitian leader, the very person I had broken bread
For many of us, we get fixated at this point in the story. In faith, many get fixated on the cross. We have
After the Sabbath, on the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb where Jesus was buried. Upon arriving, the stone was rolled away from the tomb and on it sat an angel, saying to them, “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. He is going ahead of you. Tell his disciples.” And then Jesus appeared to Mary! And soon, he appeared to the disciples and many others. This was so much bigger and better than any human had imagined. The tomb was empty and Jesus was alive!
As followers of Christ, we remember the cross, yes, but we live as empty tomb people. Jesus not only took the sin of the world on His back and washed it clean, He overcame death so that we may have life, life to the full. There is only one person throughout history who came from Heaven, lived on Earth, went to hell, came back to Earth, and went back to Heaven. All
“We don’t follow a dead guy; we follow a living, loving, good, powerful, and resurrected King!”
On that Tuesday in September 2014, I looked out at the chaos around me, and I clung to this promise with all my being. Back up in the story a little bit. A couple of days before I left for Haiti, my mom called me and through tears, told me of a recent dream. In this dream, our community in Haiti was on fire, burning everything to the ground, leaving shards everywhere. In addition, there was a huge explosion in the sky, almost like the Challenger explosion, and I was in the middle of the explosion. She wasn’t sure I was making it out and was calling me to warn me. Believe me, I knew the chaos I was walking into when I boarded the plane to Haiti. I also knew we were an empty tomb people, carrying the hope of Jesus Christ and no matter what happened, He was more powerful than anything we faced and His will would be done. Without this deep-seated belief of an empty tomb, as an organization, we don’t make it through September 30, 2014. There is no earthly reason how we survive. It was only the power and the presence of the resurrected King Jesus that saw us through an incredibly hard time in our history. It was from these ashes God created something far bigger and better than anything we imagined. Because of this public trial, we had a testimony people could trust and wanted to hear. He used this painful experience for His glory.
During this Easter season, I pray for you to live as empty tomb people. We all have crosses we must bear in this life. For some, this cross has created a wound still open and gushing blood. For others, the wound is a
Many Hands for Haiti stands not just on the shoulders, but we plant our feet on the firm foundation of an empty tomb. We are nothing without Christ and what He has done for us. May we remember the cross and the pain Christ endured for us. May we live as empty tomb people, with an unshakable hope in a resurrected King.
Many Hands stands on the shoulders of Tim and Lucia Van Maanen, whose sacrificial “I’m with you” spirit forever set our organization on God’s path.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Pastor Francois Romelus, who is our angel on earth, gently guiding us with wisdom, courage, and love.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Karmen Brown, who shows us how to love others with the love of Jesus.