Jesus Ate: A My Redeemer Lives Resurrection Reminder

One year, shortly after Easter, I heard a passage from Luke in church. Three days later, it dawned on me that Jesus was eating.

That seems very un-unique as an insight; Jesus ate with people all the time, and as long as we exist with books or the internet as part of our lives, we likely have Da Vinci’s depiction of the Last Supper etched in our minds.

Jesus ate. Son of God, Son of Man, ate for 33 years on this earth…

plus 40 days.

What dawned on me after that Luke reading was that the Resurrected Jesus was eating.

Jesus walked around after the Resurrection. He had conversations in the garden by the tomb and along the road to Emmaus. He called the disciples out from their boats once again and invited them to dinner. He taught. He prayed. He held Thomas’s hand to His side.

He wasn’t less God or less Man these forty days than He was on Christmas morn. This was mind-blowing to me and this insight settled in my heart like this –

If Jesus ate after his Resurrection, and loved on his disciples, and preached the good news, then even though I can’t see Him in front of my face, this same Resurrection God lives and works in my life every day.

He eats with me.

He teaches me.

He prays with me.

He holds my hands and wipes my tears.

The Resurrection is so powerful. It means God’s presence and life in our days.

I want God’s presence and life! He is Living Water for my thirsty soul.

Let’s discover our Resurrection God together where He is always, always found – in His Word.

In My Redeemer Lives, we’ll talk about resurrections throughout Scripture, but we’ll also talk about what God’s doing now, what God is resurrecting now, in our lives. We’ll talk about words, and what they mean, where they point us, and what promises His Word gives.

Words like…

Glory

Heartbreak

Waiting

Light

Rest

What words do you think of when you think of the word resurrection? Share with us in the comments!

My Redeemer Lives starts next Monday, February 19 through April 9th, right here. Join in our study community by subscribing to the blog via email. The study posts will be delivered right to your inbox five days a week. Comment on the post with your own thoughts and insights. There will also be Bible verse graphics and visual faith tools. Share on social media with the hashtags #myredeemerlives and #ilovemyshepherd.

You can also get reminders and follow along on the I Love My Shepherd Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Jesus ate. Jesus eats with us each day.

And because my Redeemer lives, there will be a day when we share a Feast with Him that we can’t even begin to imagine.

Ready for some resurrection reminders?

I Love My Shepherd is partnering with PureJoyCreative to offer you weekly Bible margins, Scripture cards, and other visual reminders of the life our Redeemer brings to our days. Some will be free downloads, and others will be available for purchase in the PureJoyCreative Etsy store.

Here is the first freebie to get you started – a My Redeemer Lives Scripture engagement page to take notes on, write prayer requests, or color as you study in the coming weeks! Click on the image for this free download.

You can also find this beautiful reminder on a t-shirt, tote bag, or necklace in the PureCreativeJoy Etsy Store.

Look for a free downloadable margin every week. We have a couple more surprises up our sleeves as well. Subscribe to I Love My Shepherd by email if you haven’t already so that you don’t miss a post!

My Redeemer Lives Extras

We’re getting closer to our Spring online study, My Redeemer Lives: A Study of Resurrection!

All the details of the study, the schedule, and the outline can be found here-

My Redeemer Lives details!

 

Today, I want to introduce you to the extras!

All the extras for this study were designed by Jamie at PureJoyCreative. The extras include lots of freebies and some options of things to purchase. All the extras are intended to help keep a reminder of the Life the Resurrection of Jesus brings to our everyday lives and moments.

Here’s Extra #1 –

The My Redeemer Lives Scripture Engagement Tool

 

Simple, elegant, with lots of room for Scripture notes, prayer requests, video session tidbits, and more. Use this engagement tool throughout the study to collect your thoughts and insights and connect with Our Redeemer. Also, tis the season! You could use this page for sermon notes or Sunday school classes during Lent and Easter.

Extra #2 –

My Redeemer Lives Bible Margins

 

Look for a link to one of these each week of the study. Jamie is a talented margin creator, and we are extremely blessed that she is sharing her skills and studying alongside us at I Love My Shepherd!

I can’t wait to reveal the rest of these to you as we go along. These will be free downloads!

Extra #3 –

My Redeemer Lives Scripture Cards

Colorful, printable, and perfect to stash in places as reminders of God gift of grace in our day. You can use them to memorize key passages of our study or share with friends, family, even your barista or waitress. Keep a look out for these treasures.

Extra #4 –

Wearable redemption reminders!

You’ll be able to purchase some very cool resurrection reminders from Jamie’s Etsy shop.

Like…

Or…

You can check out all her products here-

PureJoyCreative on Etsy

Favorite the shop and you’ll be in the know as the My Redeemer Live products are added.

We’ll reveal downloads and wearables here and on instagram. You can subscribe to the blog by email for updates and to study with us, and mosey over to Insta and follow @ilovemyshepherdministries and @purejoycreative to get the first peeks.

Resurrections are Everywhere

Last week my husband announced, “I have a confession.”

Uh-oh.¬†That’s never good.

“I forgot to take the trash out…two weeks in a row. Um, now there are things growing in it.”

Gross, but forgivable. ūüėČ

Alas, things decay. It’s a fact of life. Trash has to go out. Fridges have to be cleaned out. Bacteria and fungi work their magic in our compost piles.

Have you ever loved a t-shirt or a blanket so much that eventually all that remained were shreds of fabric?

Have you ever driven through a decaying small town?

Harder still…have you ever watched a relationship decay, a friendship, or a marriage, left alone far too long, deteriorating slowly in discontent, loneliness, and inattention?

Decay, deterioration, is a very real part of life; God will even use it for a purpose, but we were never meant to live in it. It’s the broken-down reality of a world sieged by sin, but not left alone.

Instead, our God gives us something different –

He gives Hope. He gives Life,

Resurrection Life.

In our decay, our God reaches down and offers restoration.

Resurrections are everywhere.

Look around you. Resurrections are in our plants and trees, in our relationships, in children growing and creating new families. Resurrection is happening every day inside of¬†me‚ÄĒmaking me new every day, giving me a fresh start, whispering forgiveness to my broken heart, handing me eternity in this day and for tomorrow too.

The resurrected life looks and feels like Hope.

Think of those who do not know¬†Jesus‚ÄĒthe hopelessness of this world so full of violence, every new act of destruction a gaping wound, waiting for an answer from something, someone out there.

I¬†want‚ÄĒno, I need¬†that Hope, in my life, every day. Hope that breathes redemption into my lungs instead of disappointment:

Job 19:25-26 –

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
 And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
¬†¬†¬†¬†yet in¬†my flesh I shall¬†see God…

Resurrections are everywhere in the Word.

There isn’t just one resurrection, my friends. There aren’t even just four accounts of the same resurrection. There are many resurrections in Scripture. So many in fact, that I think steeping ourselves in them, for even just a moment, may help us to see the resurrection a little more clearly in our everyday.

I invite you to join me for a seven-week study of resurrection.

Each week revolves around topics like death and life, fear and failure, healing and restoration, witness and glory.

What do these dualities have to do with resurrected life? Study with us and find out!

We’ll jump all over Scripture to discover the many proofs of resurrection and the Resurrected Life given to us right now, today.

We’ll learn from the many witnesses to resurrection, the many moments people had with the resurrected Christ, and find out about the restoration the Resurrection brings to everything it touches.

Our study starts Monday, February 19th, and goes through Monday, April 9th. A video study session will be posted every Monday at 6am right here and on the I Love My Shepherd YouTube channel so that you can catch it any time during your week. There will be four study posts a week to read, Monday- Thursday, and a day of rest in the resurrection every Friday. Ah, rest. Doesn’t rest just sound wonderful?

You can use any or all the elements of the study!

Here’s a checklist. You create the study you are looking for in this season of life –

Monday-Thursday study posts

Friday – rest day! reminders and visual faith tools included

Archived video study sessions on the I Love My Shepherd YouTube Channel every week

Need more details? Check out the My Redeemer Lives expanded outline here.

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I look forward to studying with you!

You’ll find resurrections everywhere.

Now, who’s in?

 

 

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