Which is the toughest commandment for you to keep? That’s what we will talk about on Sunday when we continue our look at how the Gospel of John sees our Lord. The people of Jesus’ day knew a tremendous number of laws that emanated from the Ten Commandments. Some scholars believe there were more than 600 laws that people were expected to keep. They were the result of an effort to make sure that no one ever broke one of the Ten Commandments. For example, in order to insure that people honored the Sabbath and kept it holy the rabbis had concocted a rule or law that defined how far a person could walk on the Sabbath. To walk a greater distance constituted a sin. The same was true with other dimensions of Sabbath behavior. One could not move a chair across the dirt floor of a home because that could be construed as plowing. Even Jesus was accused of breaking the laws related to the Sabbath when he healed a man who was not in danger of imminent death. Sunday we will look at the one that gives us a good bit of trouble, even when we do our best to keep the rules.
By now you are probably aware that we will be voting on a proposal to put a new roof on our Clay Street building. Our House Committee has worked hard to make a solid proposal for your consideration. We will have a presentation on the proposal on March 15 at 5:45 PM and vote on the proposal on March 22 at 5:45 PM. I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities as we seek to maintain a building that houses valuable ministries.
I hope you are enjoying our new building. It is one of the highlights of every week for me to walk in the Atrium on Sunday morning to see you enjoying each other’s company. Be sure to introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. I thank God for this tremendous addition to our facilities. I look forward to seeing you there this Sunday!