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Christ Welcomed and Received Worship
One of the clearest teachings in the entire Bible is the fact that only God is deserving of worship. In the Ten Commandments it reads “You shall have no other Gods before Me” (Ex. 20:3). Jesus reiterated a similar point to Satan when He answered him in Matthew 4:10 saying “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve”. God is the only one worthy of being worshiped, so if anywhere in Scripture we find Jesus being worshiped, then He is either a sinner (which violates Heb. 4:15) or He is God.
In several places in the gospel accounts we find Jesus openly receiving worship from His followers. After His resurrection we find in Matthew 28:9 “And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him”. It is recorded that He was worshiped following His ascension in Luke 24:51-53 “Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God”.
There are instances outside of the gospel accounts where Jesus is worshiped as well. These records show that worship of Jesus transcends the physical realm and even take place in the spiritual. Hebrews 1:6 states: “But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him’”. In the Revelation letter we find Jesus being worshiped in heaven by the twenty-four elders as they sang the song of Moses and the Lamb.
…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!” 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!” Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever. (Rev. 5:12-14)