These days, with us under a Stay-At-Home order in place through April, some are concerned about not having Communion—the Lord’s Supper. I can understand this concern.
The word “communion”, in the New Testament Greek, means ‘fellowship’ . Even though this is not possible at this time—to celebrate Communion as we are in the habit of doing—your faith needn’t suffer. Communion itself is based on the Scriptures—particularly what Christ taught His disciples in Luke 22:14–20 . The Bible is a solid means of grace that is a precious resource at times like this, when we have to limit our close contact with each other.
When this Stay-At-Home order is lifted, and we gather together safely, it will be a joy to not only fellowship together, but to celebrate the Lord’s Supper too. In the meantime, take comfort in the fact that Jesus said: “For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them” Matthew 18:20 (GNT). The Lord said, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” in John 8:31-32 (NLT) and “the words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life” in John 6:63. (NIV) The Lord Jesus wants us to know how important the word of God is to us. And here we have yet another verse, this from Romans, that shows that it’s the whole Bible that God uses to create and sustain faith within us: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope” Romans 15:4 (NIV).
How can two or three come together in Jesus’ name when we are practicing social-distancing? Perhaps you have more than one in your household. We can gather virtually, using amazing technology for fellowship and encouragement in Christ. What other examples can you think of?