Does the Bible Teach that Jesus is God? What about Worship?
Revelation 4:9-11 describes the worship of God.
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.
This scene overflows with such beautiful images of worship.
- Give glory and honor and thanks to him
- Elders fall down before him
- Worship him
- Cast their crowns before him
- And then they say
God alone is worthy to be worshiped. God refuses to share glory and worship with anyone or anything else.
I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. (Isaiah 48:2)
We must not have other gods before God Almighty. This is even the beginning of the 10 commandments.
You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3)
So, in Revelation 5:6-7, Jesus Christ as the Lamb standing slain, comes and takes the scroll from him who sits on the throne, who was worshiped in chapter 4.
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.
How do the elders and living creatures respond? In Revelation 5:8-14 we see
- The Elders and Living Creatures fall down before the Lamb (8)
- They sing a new song which speaks of the Lamb’s worth. (9-10)
- Then 10,000 upon 10,000 sing a song to the Lamb telling his worth to receive power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing (11-12)
- Then all creation worships him (13)
- And the final verse emphasizes that the Lamb was worshiped (14)
If there is only one God. And if that God alone deserves worship, praise, and adoration. then for Scripture to tell us that this Man Jesus, this Lamb who was slain, received this exact kind and type of worship, the only conclusion we can draw is this: Jesus is God. As Christians we believe there is only one God who eternal exists in three persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And if this man Jesus is God, then you and I must answer this: Who do we say Jesus is? What have you done with Jesus? What do you believe about Jesus? What allegiance if any do you give to Jesus? If the one who was slain (died on the cross for sin) is God, then he is the only one who not only deserves our worship and loyalty, but he is the only one who can fix what is broken in us and what is broken in our world.