“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45 v 22)
With tiny fingers, toes and cries Jesus Christ entered the world wrapped in cloth. Took his first nights rest on a bed of straw. Subject to time and parents, he grew to manhood in Roman occupied territory. His gentle hands became strong and calloused in Joseph’s carpentry trade.
As a man he walked through the countryside and city, touching individuals, preaching to crowds, and training men to carry on his work. At every step Jesus was hounded by those seeking to rid the world of his influence.
It would indeed be foolishness and blasphemy for individuals to worship any mere man, because true worship belongs only to God himself. Man has a perverse streak in him/herself which is continually manifesting itself in some form of idolatry. The Bible states there is a time in the future, where a great world government will be established, and a tremendously powerful man at the pinnacle will emerge;
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13 v 8)
By worshiping a man, one thus actually rejects his Creator and worships a creature, subconsciously worshipping himself. This is the greatest and worst form of idolatry.
“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 1 v 25)
If Jesus is only a man, He certainly should not be worshiped! As a matter of fact, if He is merely a man, He does not even deserve to be honoured and accused of being a lying deceiver. However Jesus repeatedly claimed again and again to be God’s only Son, and to have rights and powers which belong only to God;
(John 8 v 12), (Matthew 24 v 35), (John 14 v 6), (Luke 5 v24), (Matthew 28 v 18), (John 5 v 22), (Mark 14 v 62), (John 11 v 25), (John 14 v 19).
Falsely accused and tried, Jesus was condemned to a disgraceful execution by foreign hands. And he died – spat upon, cursed, pierced, and hung heavenward for all to see. Jesus Christ, the God-man, gave his life completely so that all might live.
Finally, He alone, of all the men who ever lived, conquered death itself. By all rules of evidence, His bodily resurrection from the grave can be adjudged the best-proved fact of all history. Thus, although Jesus Christ was certainly a true man-indeed the one perfect Man in all history-He was and is also God, the second Person of the eternal Trinity.
It is completely wrong, even idolatry, to worship Jesus as a great man. But it is perfectly fitting to bow down and worship Him as our;
“..great God and Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2 v 13)
Indeed, such acceptance and worship of Him, recognizing Him as Creator and Redeemer, is as He said, the one and only way to forgiveness, Salvation and eternal life.
At God’s appointed time, the risen and ascended Lord Jesus will burst onto the world scene. Then everyone will know that Jesus is Lord of the universe! Those who love him will rejoice, greeting their saviour with hearts overflowing into songs of praise. But those who hate and rejected him will be filled with anguish and terror. Fear (which is False Evidence Appearing Real) will become a REALITY! Who can escape God’s judgement and who can withstand God’s wrath?
Jesus Christ, the humble suffering Servant, is the powerful, conquering Judge and King.