The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11 teaches us what not to do and what to do “when we come together” (1 Corinthians 11:18,20). We are not to sow the seeds of division in the body of Christ. We are to celebrate regularly Communion… the Lord’s Supper… the Eucharist in our local assembly of believers.
Therefore, in time of COVID, we should remind ourselves and those we love that church is not meant to stay virtual… online. The essence of being a Christ-follower is coming together with others to worship the Lord and encourage one another. Let us not be duped by the wonders of technology in time of pandemic. All of us need the re-calibration of our hearts that corporate worship involves. All of us need the encouragement of other Jesus followers to remain faithful in our own journey.
One of the specific things we are to do upon coming together is to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. What happens from eating the bread and drinking the cup in faith? According to J.C. Ryle, in his Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Matthew, we “shall find our repentance deepened, our faith increased, our hope brightened, and our love enlarged — our besetting sins weakened, and our graces strengthened. It will draw us nearer to Christ.”
I hope that you have found this to be your experience as a Jesus follower. May the Lord bless you richly today!