Matthew 28:5 6
I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Red Square in Moscow is a must-see for world tourists. It is not named “Red” for any connection with the Communist “Reds.” Rather the word “Red” comes from an old Russian term for “beautiful.” Red Square truly lives up to its name in that regard. In the center of the square is the mausoleum which houses the mummified body of Vladimir Lenin, the Communist tyrant who overthrew the czars and put in place the brutal regime later headed by Stalin. It was on top of the mausoleum, a dark marble block of a building, that Stalin and Khrushchev and Malenkov and other Soviet leaders stood for so many years to watch the famous military parades.
Inside the mausoleum lies the body of Lenin who died in 1924 after a series of strokes. The lines of tourists waiting to see him are still long. You can wait for hours for your brief and very brisk walk through the tomb, or you can find an English guide, give him ten bucks, and go directly to the head of the line. That may be one of the best ten-spots you ever invested. No one is allowed to take anything inside, not a purse, not a camera – nothing. And you have to keep moving! You may be inside for two minutes, total. But there he lies: Vladimir Lenin, dead as a beached carp.
Compare that to the marvelous announcement of the angel at the tomb of Christ: “He is not here! He is risen!” A short 72 hours or so is all our Lord spent in His earthly repose before He was quickened by the Holy Spirit and resurrected. Ephesians 2:1 reminds us that we, too, have been quickened (resurrected from spiritual death) by the same Holy Spirit. We receive life through our Lord Jesus! Now – which tomb makes your heart beat a little faster? The full one? Or the empty one?
Prayer: O God, how grateful I am to know and understand that quite empty tomb just north of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. Your Son lay there once, for a short time, but death could not hold Him. Jesus was the prototype, the first-fruit, of all of us who will be quickened by Your Spirit! We encourage and comfort each other because of this promised future. We bless Your Name for this reality. Amen.