Ancient Orthodox icon of Jesus in the Synagogue

Read Luke 4.16-22:

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

There’s a lot here, and I think this is an important passage revealing the identity and mission of Jesus. But I want to call your attention to one short phrase: “…he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.”

This is another simple and clear way to follow Jesus. Jesus participated in regular corporate worship.

DO THIS TODAY TO FOLLOW JESUS: Today is Thursday, so you probably can’t participate in regular corporate worship. But you can make plans now; you can make a decision now to become a regular participant in corporate worship.

PRAY THIS PRAYER: Lord, I want to follow the example of Jesus. I commit to regular participation in worship. Amen.