Church Attendance

“As his custom was, he went into the synagoge on the sabbath day.” Luke 4:16

There are many evidences that Jesus had fixed religious habits. Here we have a hint of His attending the synagogue worship on the Sabbath. This had been His custom from childhood, and although He was the Son of God, Lord of earth and heaven, and had been manifested as the Messiah, He still continued to observe the custom. Some people are careless about church attendance. They find fault perhaps with the minister — he does not feed them, they say. They mean that he does not entertain them. Now no doubt Jesus heard a great may dull talks and sermons, but He did not on that account stay away from the synagogue. He went there to worship God, not to enjoy an intellectual entertainment..

Others stay away from church, as they say, because there are so many inconsistent Christians who attend, because the church is so imperfect. We know that it was just the same when Jesus was on the earth. There were a great many church members in Nazareth and elsewhere who were very imperfect. Our Lord knew all about men’s true character, and He saw the worst there was in them. What He saw in some very prominent church people we may learn from some of His own bitter words against the prominent religionists of His day. Yet this did not keep Him from the services. If He could worship God in a congregation of faulty people, we should be able to do it.

Another thought is that if He, with all the resources of His own divine nature to draw upon, still needed the means of grace, surely we need them far more. Still another point to be remembered is the importance forming religious habits, especially the habit of going to church. Here the lesson particularly touches children and young people. Jesus brought this custom from His youth, and never intermitted it in His manhood.