Meditate today on Mark 1:21: "And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching." Right after Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John, they all entered the synagogue at Capernaum on the Sabbath. There Jesus taught the people gathered for the Sabbath worship. Synagogues were sprinkled throughout major cities so Jews could have access to Sabbath worship. Capernaum was a major city so naturally there would be a synagogue. Isn't it interesting that Jesus "immediately", after calling his disciples, went to worship on the Sabbath? The King of kings, the Creator of the worship, honored one of the Ten Commandments and honored the Sabbath, one day set apart, to worship God. If we are followers of Jesus, shouldn't this be our discipline too?
What is the purpose of the Sabbath. In another place, Jesus says the man wasn't made for the Sabbath but the Sabbath for man. God knew that we needed one day, set apart from all others, where we would cease work, worship God and be renewed for the other six days. He knew we weren't created to be work machines. He understood this funny cliche, "If you don't come apart, you'll come apart!" Worship, rest, being with family, doing things that renew the soul are important for us all. Jesus emulated this truth. As his followers, so should we.
The local church is the local expression of Jesus' Body, his people living together for his glory. If you are not a part of a local Body, you should be. You can't love Jesus and hate the Body for which he died. He is the bridegroom. The church is his bride. To say we love Jesus but hate his church is like saying you like me but hate my wife. That's impossible!
Be a part of a local church. And practice Sabbath rest and worship weekly. Our Lord and Savior did. So should we.