Ten years ago this month, we were on a mission/relief trip to Russia, serving alongside Christian brothers and sisters in Bryansk. We spent a couple of days in Moscow, and visited Red Square, home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Politburo buildings, and Lenin’s Mausoleum. We could not visit the tomb, as it was closed at the time.
I recently listened to a podcast of the late Dr. Adrian Rogers, as he shared of a visit he and his wife made to Moscow many years ago, when Communism still ruled that great land. They visited Lenin’s tomb, and Rogers recounts the interesting experience. Armed guards were everywhere, and upon entrance, no talking or photography was allowed. It was almost a worshipful atmosphere. As people filed past the glass sarcophagus of the founder of Communism, Rogers and his wife paused to read this inscription:
“He was the greatest leader, of all peoples, of all countries, of all times. He was the lord of a new humanity. He was the savior of the world.”
Mrs. Rogers, usually a rules-keeper, whispered to each guard as she passed them by on the way out, “Jesus Christ is alive.” Lenin is dead and most likely in hell. As is Mao, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and every other tyrant who ever ruled like they were some kind of god. Their tombs are “occupied”, and their ideologies are covering the trash heap of history.
Jesus Christ is risen. Jesus Christ is alive.
We do not pay homage to some dead leader, nor file by the tomb of some self-proclaimed savior. We do not merely follow the instructions of some teacher, or modify our behaviors to adhere to the philosophies of some mystic.
We know, love, and follow the risen Son of God, who conquered death, hell, sin and satan, is alive and is coming again.
1 Corinthians 15:3-8