When I am wrong, I admit it.
“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.” Luke 4:16
I missed it. My entire bible-reading life, I missed it so now I stand corrected. I've believed the argument that church wasn't necessary if we gathered together with other believers on a regular basis. I've taught that Hebrews 10:25 did not specify building worship but rather commanded relational worship.
I was dead wrong. Reading the simple verse at the beginning of this blog teaches us that Jesus followed His family teaching, His custom, by going to church. Synagogue - that's a building.
I believe this is living proof of two important facts of the Christian life:
Jesus made a habit of Sabbath Day worship and even participated by reading when He attended.
All of us misinterpret scripture when we cherry pick one or two verses instead of reading, learning and knowing the Bible in its entirety.
The greatest revelation is that I, like many people, read the Bible to hear what I want to hear as opposed to learning the lesson intended.
If Jesus viewed attending Sabbath worship in a building and participation as important to His spiritual development, I suspect I need it more. How about you?