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October Revolution

October 1917 Communist Revolution
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In October 1917, Vladimir Lenin led his Marx-inspired Bolshevik's to rise up against the Provisional Government that ruled Russia after the abdication of the Tsars. This marked to beginnings of the Communist Revolution in Russia. The Communist experiment lasted until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980's.

Christianity is a revolutionary faith. When Christian preachers began to spread their message throughout the ancient world, people did not always like what they heard. The inhabitants of Thessalonica in Greece complained, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too." (Acts 17:6.) At the heart of the Christian Manifesto was this simple claim: "Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:11). This had revolutionary consequences. The people of Thessalonica grasped the point, "these [Christian preachers] are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar saying that there is another king - Jesus." (Acts 17:7.)

Jesus is Lord because he, as God's Son became man to rescue us from the tyranny of sin. We are all sinners. Each of us has broken God's law. No political revolution can change our hearts and make us good. Sin leads to death and God's judgment. Jesus defeated sin's powerful dominion by dying on a Roman cross in the place of sinners. He took the punishment that our sins deserve. But the Christian Revolution did not end there. God vindicated his Son by raising him from the dead. Jesus was exalted to heaven as the world's true Lord and King.

The apostle Paul wrote, "if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9.) This is where the Revolution gets personal. To confess that Jesus is Lord means more than just words. It means a total change of life. If Christ is Lord, then he is to be trusted and obeyed. He challenges us to learn from him and to live for him. He calls upon us to live the costly life of Christian discipleship, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." (Matthew 16:24.) To deny self and follow the Lord Jesus, now that is a revolutionary way to live! Are you ready for such a revolution?