The Jesus-Meal

By Kurt Selles

October 30, 2022

The Lord’s Supper is a simple yet profound experience, full of meaning and depth. Have you spent much time reflecting on its significance?

Jesus’ Passover meal with his disciples took a surprising turn when he spoke some cryptic words over the bread and wine. Taking the bread, he said, “This is my body.” And then, taking the wine, he said, “This is my blood.”

Most of what Jesus meant by these words was revealed to his disciples the next day as he went willingly to die a horrible death on a cross. But that is not the end of the story. His dead body was placed in a tomb, and on the third day he came out of the tomb, alive!

Over the past two thousand years, more words have been spoken and more ink has been spilled (along with blood, Lord forgive us) about the Lord’s Supper than about almost any other topic in church history. This meal is dense with meaning and rich in significance. And a careful reading of this story along with the rest of Scripture can show us the power of this seemingly simple meal.

During November let’s begin to explore this meal Jesus gave us and why it matters so much for each of us, for the church, and for the whole world.

This month’s author, Kristopher Walhof, is a minister in the Christian Reformed Church who lives with his wife and seven-year-old son in rural Kenya. He teaches Bible and theology courses to theological students seeking ordination in the Africa Inland Church (AIC) denomination.

As you read the Today devotions this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

Begin with day one of The Jesus-Meal here or download the full PDF.

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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