It Wasn’t Just Any Tomb by Preston Parrish
That’s just one word to describe the emotions the women must have felt as they walked through pre-dawn dimness toward their stark destination: a tomb.
But it wasn’t just any tomb – it was His tomb…the tomb of the One who…
… declared that He is Life.
… promised that whoever believes in Him will never die.
… restored life to individuals who had died.
Yet hours earlier, His lifeless body had been laid in the cold cavern they were going to visit. All they could do in their shock, numbness and sorrow was to anoint His dead body. It wouldn’t really change anything, but at least it would be a gesture of love, respect and dignity to the One who had just suffered unthinkable hatred, disrespect and indignity.
But they were in for a surprise!
…Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here… (Mark 16:2-6)
And, as we know, their lives were the first of countless more in the centuries to come (including our own) to be impacted, changed and transformed forever by what happened in that garden on that Resurrection morning.
This Gospel is life-changing Good News. It’s what our chaplains communicate through word and deed, 24/7, 365 days a year, to employees and their loved ones, in workplaces across America. In a nation where increasingly fewer people are meaningfully connected to a local church, the need for our chaplains’ ministry where people spend most of their waking hours – at work – is greater than ever.
CCA chaplains reach out to people who are…
… living in the dimness of fear, shock, doubt, guilt, and despair.
… assuming nothing will ever change for the better in their lives.
CCA chaplains offer…
… meaningful care.
… real hope for real life.
… the surprise joy of salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
We are very grateful for CEOs and business owners who invest in providing chaplaincy care to their employees. At the same time, we feel an urgency to reach farther and embrace more people with the life-changing love of Christ.
For that to happen, we need partners – partners who, like the women who “bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him” (Mark 16:1), will release some of the resources God has entrusted to them, for the sake of His Name.
During this Resurrection season, would you consider sending a generous donation for the ministry of Corporate Chaplains of America? We would be so grateful…and so will those whose lives (and eternity) will be forever changed by the resurrection power of Christ, delivered to them through our chaplains.
Thank you and may His victory, strength and joy fill your life.
Preston Parrish, CEO