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Not Made to Sit Matthew 28:16-20

Not Made to Sit

Being a follower of Jesus means we are called to do some hard things.

At a Glance

Many of us would say that we have a favorite chair. It might have taken us some time to find, but once we did, it was ours. We're not always comfortable in chairs. And so we search for the perfect one that suits us best. A new analysis, however, asserts that human beings are not made for sitting down. Standing and lying down, yes. But not sitting. Does Jesus say the same thing?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "The Hug," May 22, 2005, at

Most of us spend more time sitting in chairs than thinking about chairs, but perhaps we devote even more time to hunting for the perfect chair. Now there's a whole book about that pursuit. It's titled Now I Sit Me Down and it's written by architect Witold Rybczynski (Rib-shin-skee).

He refers to chairs --

+ used in ancient Greece called klismos, which had a curved backrest and tapering, out-curved legs;

+ the yokeback chair of the Song dynasty (960-1279), which included one of the earliest...

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