Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jesus and the Sabbath Routine (Luke 4:16)

And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. (Luke 4:16 NASB)

Jesus went home to Nazareth and, just like He'd always done, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath. He wasn't a "Christmas and Easter only" kind of guy. He had established a routine and He did not vary. On the Sabbath, He was at God's house, the house of prayer.  He would participate in corporate prayer as well as reading and studying the Torah. It appears that Jesus was likely a regular Torah reader at the synagogue. That is amazing, isn't it? Jesus not only went to church, he had regular duties at church. 

It's hard to participate in corporate prayer and Bible study if we aren't there. We would do well to emulate Him by regular attendance and active participation in our local church. Although we won't likely be the "Torah reader", we can certainly teach a class, hand out bulletins, work in a food closet, or serve as a smiling greeter. 

Pray today that we will be active participants in the body of Christ. Pray, too, that our loved ones will feel a restlessness on worship days that propels them back to the body of Christ.