Last week Vernon and I were able to spend some time in India exploring a
partnership with the First Baptist Church of Chandigarh. FBC has been instrumental in
spreading the Gospel throughout northern India over the last 35 years. Together we have
developed a plan to provide theological training to 150 church leaders over the next few
years. We are excited to be able to participate in the work that God is doing in that part
of the world.
While there, we visited the Taj Mahal as we sought to learn more about the
culture and people of India. The Taj Mahal is truly one of man’s greatest architectural
achievements and its beauty greatly surpassed my expectations. The Taj was built by the
Emperor Shah Jahan to serve as a monument and crypt for his beloved wife in 1638.
Greatly saddened by his wife’s unexpected death the Emperor wrote this:
Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator’s glory.
I thought about this a great deal while we were worshiping during the Palm
Sunday service at FBC. If only it were that easy. However beautiful the Taj Majal may
be, it took much more than a man made mausoleum to wash away our sin. In truth, it was
an empty grave and the atoning work of Christ that frees us from the bondage of sin.
As we prepare this week to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, this serves as
a powerful reminder of the importance of the work that FBC and their leadership is doing
to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in India. They are bringing the Light to a very dark
part of the world and we at His Voice Global are blessed and humbled to be able to serve them
in some small way.