Tonight is Maundy Thursday. Some Christian traditions call it Holy Thursday, while others reference it as Passion Thursday. However we refer to it, we mean the same thing. This is the night that the Western church–irrespective of denomination–commemorates the betrayal of Our Lord at the hands of Judas Iscariot, and we remember that tonight is the night that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper. But tonight none of us met together.
I’ve heard of some churches and denominations observing some type of “virtual communion”. This is not only irregular but a clear violation of the 2nd Commandment. The 1st Commandment tells us who to worship —the One True God; the 2nd Commandment instructs us how to worship Him.
We Reformed and Presbyterian folk call this the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW). Put simply, this is the doctrine that states that God is in charge of commanding us how we may worship Him. We are not at liberty to innovate the manner in which we worship God, nor are we allowed to implement any aspect of worship that is not either explicitly stated in God’s Word, or can be reasonably inferred from it.
The Lord’s Supper is a holy sacrament. It is one of only two New Testament sacraments, the other being Baptism. Tonight was the first Maundy Thursday in 18 years that I didn’t have the privilege and honor of officiating the Lord’s Supper. That was a bitter pill to swallow.
May God Almighty, lift His hand and deliver us from this virus, this plague on humanity, so that we may reunite and worship Him publicly as the people of God. Until then we must pray and we must study. And we must feel the pain in our hearts that can only remedied by the fellowship of the saints.