On June 8, AD 632, Muhammad, the founder of Islam and proclaimer of the Qur’an passed away. He is buried in a tomb in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The tomb lies under “The Green Dome” (see picture above). Many Islamic followers make a pilgrimage to this site to pay their respect to Muhammad.
Muhammad’s tomb is not the only site where a founder of a religion is buried. Confucius is buried in Shandong Province, China. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, is buried in a family cemetery in Nauvoo, Illinois. The founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Charles Taze Russell, is buried in Pittsburgh, PA and the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
All of these religious founders died upon this earth. None of them conquered death by rising from the grave. None of them can offer their followers hope and victory over death. Some of them attempt to use portions of Scripture in their religious teachings but much of it is twisted and contrary to the Gospel. None of these religions can offer the hope that Christ can offer.
There is no tomb where you can pay your respects to Christ. There is no city or place you can go where people make a pilgrimage to honor him. There is no tomb where Jesus is buried. There is no grave where his body lies in the ground. There is no place where ashes were scattered after a remembrance of his life. There is no tombstone that marks his dates of birth and death. There is no tomb because Jesus conquered death.
Jesus walked out of the tomb after his death. He looked death in the face and claimed victory. A heart that was stopped on the cross, began to beat again. Lungs that possessed no breath became filled with the breath of life. He, who was once dead, conquered death and provides an avenue to eternity.
There is no one that compares to Christ. All other religious founders and leaders pale in comparison to the greatness and majesty of Christ. No one matches his love and kindness. No one matches his grace and mercy. No one else can claim to conquer death and assure salvation for his disciples. There is no one like Jesus.
Muhammad and other leaders have tombs that contain their earthly remains. The hope they offer lies within them. The only hope that is eternal is offered by the one who loves you, died for you and conquered death so you may spend eternity with him. There is no one like Jesus. Praise be to the One who has given us hope by conquering death.