Lord of the Sabbath

In Luke 6:5, Jesus states that He is the Lord of the Sabbath.  In Jesus’ day the Sabbath was on Saturday.  Today for most people in the church it is Sunday, which is the day of the resurrection.  Now this devotional is not designed to tell you which day is better to go to the house of the Lord, Saturday or Sunday.  According to Paul in Romans 14, it is matter of choice and conviction.  The issue is going to the House of the Lord.  Today there is a growing number of people who are saying that going to church is not necessary or for one reason or another they stay home and do church by watching some evangelist or T.V. preacher.  That is not doing church.  Let me give you one good reason for going to the House of the Lord.  Jesus made it a habit.  He was either found on the Sabbath in a local meeting place or in the temple.  If Jesus saw the need, as His follower you should as well.  David was a firm believer in the House of the Lord.  He said in Psalm 122:1, "I was glad when they said let us go to the house of the Lord."  David was known as a man after God’s own heart.  Skipping or choosing to not go to the house of the Lord shows you are not a true worshipper.  Now as a close today.  Here are some reasons for going to church.  First, in church you have an opportunity to interact with fellow Christians in praise and worship.  In the house of God you have an opportunity to see and experience love, acceptance and forgiveness in action.  In church you get to hear the Word of God not filtered through your own bias.  In church you get grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  In church you get a chance to be discipled and interact with other true believers.  Being in God’s house gives you an opportunity to share your time, talents and resources.  Lastly, it gets you out of the house and breaks your cycle of selfishness.  So be like David and be glad to go the house of the Lord.