SHOULD THE CHRIST BE WORSHIPPED?
The majority of Christianity believe that they have to worship The Lord Yeshua because they believe Him to be God. This practice is further cemented based on multiple evangelical evidences that He was worshiped by men in many occasions while He was still on earth. The fact that He did not refuse their worship of Him only proved His approval of their worship unto Him. However, it does not prove Him to be God. And in this lesson, we will present why and only when should we worship The Son of God, Yeshua The Christ, without falling into idolatry.
EVIDENCES THAT THE LORD YESHUA WAS WORSHIPED
There are multiple evidences in the New Testament that The Lord Yeshua was indeed worshiped beginning from His birth, and in many instances during His earthly ministry, and more so in the Kingdom of Heaven as envisioned by Apostle John in Revelation.
WORSHIPED AS AN INFANT
(Matthew 2:11, NKJV in all verses)
11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
WORSHIPED BY HIS DISCIPLES ON THE BOAT
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God."
WORSHIPED BY HIS DISCIPLES ON THE MOUNTAIN
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
WORSHIPED BY THE HEALED BLIND MAN
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” 36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” 37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” 38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.
WORSHIPED IN HEAVEN
8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
LORD YESHUA WAS NEVER GOD
The belief among the majority of Christ believers that He is God, being The Son of God, and therefore must be worshiped is not aligned with evangelical truth. We have multiple articles under the DISCOVERY SECTION in this website that can easily and directly refute the un-evangelical doctrine that The Christ Yeshua was ever the Almighty God. The evangelical soundness of our refusal to accept The Lord Yeshua to be God is backed by the fact that He does not possess all of the attributions of God - of being Almighty or Omnipotent, of being Present Everywhere or Omnipresent, of being All-Knowing or Omniscient, and of course, of being The Creator.
Not only is The Son of God NOT God, He is the one who introduced who alone is God:
(John 17:1, 3)
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You… 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
As stated by The Lord Yeshua, the ONLY true God is none other than The Father, the same Lord and Almighty Creator referred in the Scriptures since the first chapter of Genesis. Not only did The Christ make it final that The Father is the only true God, He included with it a GUARANTEE that possessing this truth is eternal life! And who best to tell us who the only true God is, and who alone can guarantee eternal life to match with it than God’s own Son Yeshua The Christ? Therefore, worshiping The Lord Yeshua as God is such an evangelical fallacy and can immediately separate man from guaranteed eternal life.
What else did The Lord Yeshua declare about the only true God?
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
The Lord Yeshua directly reinforced what has been written that The Lord God shall be worshiped and Him only shall be served.
WHEN IS IT PROPER TO WORSHIP YESHUA
Why then did people worship The Lord Yeshua? If He is not God, why did He not stop them from worshiping Him? Did He not enable those people to commit idolatry which He knew very well is an abomination before God.
The Lord Yeshua allowed the worship of Him because those acts of worship that occurred in His presence are worship unto God, The Father. How so? Very well so, and here’s how…
The Lord Yeshua is the prophesied Angel of God’s Presence:
8 For He said, “Surely they are My people,
Children who will not lie.”
So He became their Savior.
9 In all their affliction He was afflicted,
And the Angel of His Presence saved them;
In His love and in His pity He redeemed them;
And He bore them and carried them
All the days of old.
As testified by the Prophet Isaiah, God is the Savior of His people. However, there is someone else who will do the act of saving for Him. That someone else is the Angel of His Presence and He is none other than God’s Son, The Savior Yeshua!
How can The Lord Yeshua be an Angel? Is this not demoting His status from that of being God’s Son? There is then a need to truly understand the term angel:
aggelos: an angel, messenger
Original Word: ἄγγελος, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (ang'-el-os)
Short Definition: an angel, messenger
Definition: a messenger, generally a (supernatural) messenger from God, an angel, conveying news or behests from God to men.
As defined by Strong’s Concordance, the term angel comes from the Greek ‘aggelos’ (ang’-el’os) which simply means a messenger from God. And no one can argue that The Lord Yeshua is a Messenger from God as it is well documented scripturally.
What does the prophetical phrase ‘Angel or Messenger of God’s Presence’ mean? The Christ Yeshua gave us the clarification and directly confirmed this scriptural prophecy about Him:
7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
The Lord Yeshua is the Angel of God’s Presence in such that anyone who sees Him already sees the invisible God. He is the only legitimate representation of God who will also perform God’s function as the Savior of His own people. How is this an evangelical truth?
27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
The Lord Yeshua confirmed how He can save man and give him eternal life “because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” The fact that only Him possesses the Seal of God proves that only Him is the legitimate representation of God, thus further proving that He alone could be the Angel or Messenger of God’s Presence who performs God’s salvation. This is the same understanding of Apostle Thomas when He declared “my Lord and my God” (Jn. 20:28) upon seeing the risen Christ, not because He believed The Christ Yeshua is God but because he knew that he has seen God at the same time that he has seen The Son.
Therefore, it was but proper and divine for those who worshiped The Lord Yeshua in person for the simple fact that they have seen God as well at those moments. The worship of The Lord Yeshua in person is not dedicated unto Him per se, but unto God whom He represents. In the same perspective, we will also worship Him when we shall be with Him in heaven for His presence is also the presence of God The Father as envisioned by the Apostle John in his vision.
How about now that The Christ Yeshua is in heaven? Would it be proper to worship Him still? No, it is not, simply because worship is reserved for God alone. But isn’t He the Word of God? Yes He is, and that makes Him part of God but NOT God. This is the same logic why we do not worship the Holy Spirit although it is the Divine Will of God.
To reiterate the point, it was only proper and right that people worshiped The Lord Yeshua in person because at that same time they also have seen God.
HONOR THE SON
If we don't worship The Christ Yeshua without His presence, then what can we do unto Him since He is very much alive and involve in the life of His disciples?
12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
What does King David mean in his prophecy that we should ‘kiss the Son’? The Apostle John gave light to this prophecy:
23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
To ‘kiss the Son’ simply means to honor Him just as we honor The Father. Isn’t honor of the same degree as worship? No, it is not. Whereas honor can be rendered unto anyone who deserves it, worship is dedicated unto God alone. What honor then should we render unto The Lord Yeshua and how? The honors of being God’s Son, of being the Savior, of being the Teacher, of being the flow-through of God’s blessings, and of being The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. When can we render honor unto The Christ Yeshua? In our prayers, but most especially with our deeds as disciples who not only love His life but more so, live His love.
PAUL MISREPRESENTED LORD YESHUA
The common basis for the entire Christian world in worshiping The Christ Yeshua is the teaching of Paul based on the prophecy of Isaiah:
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Let us compare that with God’s statement as prophesied by Isaiah:
23 I have sworn by Myself;
The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness,
And shall not return,
That to Me every knee shall bow,
Every tongue shall take an oath.
The teaching of Paul that at the name of The Lord Yeshua ‘every knee should bow is not aligned with God’s own desire! God wants every knee to bow unto Him. And God stated this in relation with His Word, His Son Yeshua, who ‘has gone out of His mouth’ – it is not unto His Word and Son Yeshua that He desires all knees to bow but unto Himself. Because of Paul’s misrepresentation of God’s desire, people who profess as Christians fell into worshiping The Lord Yeshua as an individual and separate entity, an act that has already become an idolatry before God!
Followers of The Lord Yeshua should render honors unto Him with all the honors that He so deserve and is entitled with. He should not be worshiped as His own entity simply because He is not God and the act of worshiping is reserved only unto God. When one worships The Lord Yeshua in His own entity, he or she already commits an act of idolatry – this is a practice that has to stop immediately!
Once again, only in the PHYSICAL presence of The Lord Yeshua is it proper and obligatory that all should worship Him simply because His presence is the actual physical manifestation of God. Not because The Lord Yeshua is God but because God is also present and seen as He is seen, as exemplified in the vision of John (Rev. 5:14). Only then shall we worship The Lord Yeshua, The Christ.