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What’s your dinner tradition for Resurrection day?
Those who’ve read our blog for any length of time, know we already have our Sunday dinner menu planned. We also have our table set, and friends and family know what time to arrive.
I don’t know about you, but for me, the table décor is just as important as the dinner meal itself. And I don’t mean taking out formal plates and a fancy table cloth. Although those play a part.
What I mean is taking the time to pray and consider what you’re presenting at the table.
We don’t gather just to have a meal. Our gathering is intentional for conversation, reflection, and thanksgiving.
Not to mention, I like to use our gathering at the table, as a teachable moment. What do I mean by that?
Well, for this occasion, Resurrection Day, I carefully considered how the table setting can remind my family and guest what Christ did for us.
What makes this day worthy of honor?
We all have sinned. To be honest, some of us probably sinned this morning. And it is this very reason Jesus died on the cross for YOU and ME!
“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT)
You are the reason for the beaten Christ took. Yes, you! He took your place so that you could not only have the forgiveness of sins, but healing and the gift of eternal life.
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” ~ Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)
The only thing we have to do to receive; wholeness, healing, forgiveness, and salvation is to….BELIEVE.
You simply have to believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose three days later, for YOU!
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” ~ Romans 10:9-10 (NLT)
When we choose to believe this, we become a child of God. And we now need to read the Bible, written for our (children of God) instruction, as if it’s speaking to us.
We make the Bible personal by inserting our names in the scriptures themselves. Let me show you how by using two of the scriptures mentioned above.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT) read specifically to me as:
I passed on to TIMBERLEY what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for TIMBERLEY’S sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day for TIMBERLEY, just as the Scriptures said.
Romans 10:9-10 (NLT) read specifically to me as:
If TIMBERLEY openly declares that Jesus is Lord and believes in HER heart that God raised him from the dead, TIMBERLEY is saved. 10 For it is by believing in TIMBERLEY’S heart that TIMBERLEY IS made right with God, and it is by openly declaring TIMBERLEY’S faith that TIMBERLEY IS saved.
In other words, Christ died and rose for me. Christ died and rose for you.
Last Christmas I saw these small wreaths on clearance at Hobby Lobby. At that moment, I immediately thought this would be a good crown to display on our resurrection table.
Then I prayerfully and considered how to make the resurrection personal to each person seated at our table.
How many of you know, when you seek God with your whole heart in prayer, He will answer you?
To make the Resurrection personal, God placed on my heart, to write each person’s name for who He rose for.
He rose for Timberley. He rose for Andre. And friends, He rose for YOU!
As you can see, I made these cute dinner name tags for every person that will attend our Resurrection dinner. And I learned long ago that God never gives us anything that’s just for us.
Do you have your creative juices flowing yet? If not, get ready, I have these in a printable available for you to download in the library!
Simply print them out on any color card stock of your choice and glue them on a cross, or wreath. You can even tie them around a napkin with twine.
Your options are endless, but the message will be priceless!
As you prepare your heart and your home for Resurrection Day, I encourage you seek God and ask Him how you can make The Resurrection personal at your dinner table.
When God gives you an idea please share it with me in the comments. I’m always looking for new ways to point my family to Christ.
PS…As we approach Resurrection Day consider reading: Matthew Chapters 27 and 28, and John Chapter 19 during your devotional time with God this week!
~ Timberley Gray
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