Is it correct to worship Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, a.k.a. Jesus Christ?
A few days ago a reader posed this question to me:
So Adam is a son of God, I am a son of God, you are a son of God, Jesus is a son of God. If this is the case – I am a human, you are a human, Adam is a human and so Jesus is also a human. I do not worship Adam, who is the son of God. I do not worship myself, the son of God. I do not worship you, the son of God.
Can you give me a single reason when all of us are sons of God and we do not worship anyone for being the sons of God, why Jesus alone should be worshipped as a son of God?
Please give me reasonable evidence from the bible if it says to worship Jesus, the Christ.
I would start with understanding the importance of the term “the Christ” – it means “anointed one”, but anointed for what? I addressed this at length in a previous post here. In short, Jesus is anointed to sit eternally on David’s throne per a prophecy in 2 Samuel 7:12-16 and Psalm 132:11. He is called “Lord and Christ” by Peter in the first sermon of the church in Acts 2 – this is no less than a claim that Jesus is God, for it is Yahweh God who is our savior per the Old Testament book of Joel, verse 2:32, which Peter claims as being fulfilled by Jesus in Acts 2:21.
But if that is too much “in the weeds” for you, here are a few, rather plain scriptures (there are hundreds, at a minimum) from both Old Testament and New showing worship of Jesus as Son of God, co-equal in essence with the Father and Holy Spirit…
Jesus, Son of God, who will rule the nations, from the Old Testament—My comments are in brackets:
He who sits in the heavens [God the Father] laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me [God the Father], I have installed My King [God the Son]
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
“I [the Son] will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He [the Father] said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You [the Son] shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the LORD [this is the word YHWH, or “Yahweh”] with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Do homage [נשק nashaq, “kiss”] to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His [the Son’s] wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
Read the entire chapter to get a picture of Yeshua coming into His Millennial Kingdom (see also Rev 20:4-6).
“I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man [Yeshua, in human form] was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days [the Father]
And was presented before Him [the Father].
“And to Him [the Son] was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve [פלח pĕlach, “serve” or “worship”] Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.
This is also an amazing chapter, giving a picture of both Father God and God the Son as the Millennial Kingdom is being set up. It also describes the destruction of the last days’ “Beast” empire. I wonder what empire that would be? I’ll give you one guess…
The chapter ends with this verse:
Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One [in context, the Son of Man, Yeshua]; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey [it is only proper to serve and obey God] Him.’
Worship of Jesus when He was on earth, in Israel:
Matt 8:2: A leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
John 9:38: Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him.
It is axiomatic that you will be “put out” of the synagogue, mosque, Shinto temple, university faculty, your group of friends, almost everywhere, when you start to declare the truth of who Yeshua actual is.
Matt 28:9: Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.
Angels worship Yeshua:
For to which of the angels did He ever say,
“YOU ARE MY SON,
TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”?
“I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM
AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME”?
And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says,
“AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”
And of the angels He says,
“WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS,
AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.”
But of the Son He says,
“YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER,
AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.
“YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS;
THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU
WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.”
The capitalized words in the passage above to alert readers of old testament scriptures being quoted by the author of Hebrews.
Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord [the term reserved for God in the Old Testament], to the glory of God the Father.
It is impossible to avoid seeing worship of Yeshua when reading the Bible. How one responds to this reality is the real question—will we try to explain it away as either mistakes or misinterpretations? Will we ignore it and go on with our lives? The Bible says Jesus is the Son of God, worthy of worship—won’t you bow your knee to God and acknowledge His great salvation and love poured out for you?