Easter Message: “Empty Room and Empty Tomb”

Easter Message:  “Empty Room and Empty Tomb”                 Pastor Lee

When Jesus came to us, we did not give Him a room. Mary and Joseph could not find an empty room for delivery. So, Jesus had to be born in a manger. God came down to us when we rejected God’s offer. God loved us when we ignored God’s unconditional love.

Even though we did not prepare an empty room for Him when He came down to us, Jesus prepares many rooms for all of us. In John 14:1-3 Jesus promised us, saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God and believe also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

When Jesus was raised, He fulfilled this promise. Jesus opened the door to the heavenly residence for all of us. The empty tomb is the symbol of it. For those who did not want to share a room, Jesus was willing to share his life. Passing through His empty tomb, we can now access our heavenly rooms.  Now we are not afraid of our physical death. Death is not the end of our life but the beginning of our new life.

With this promise fulfilled, let us take courageous steps into our future. The Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, s/he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). As a new creation, what should we do? The Bible continues, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). The Bible commands us to reconcile with God and with others.

God wants us to make rooms for the Lord and for others. When we make rooms, Jesus, the Light, will brighten our rooms. A long time ago, we said to Jesus, “We do not have any empty rooms.” Now, let us say to Jesus, who has given us the empty tomb, “We do have many rooms for you and for others.”

Would you invite strangers and friends into your rooms in your heart? Would you forgive those who have trespassed against you? Shall we proclaim that today is the first day of our new life? Shall we reflect the light of the Lord unto others? May God bless all of us who are joyfully saying, “Amen!”

 

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About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my Son, Hozeh, and Daughter, Hoyon, are college students.
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