This is a big question for many Believers as we do not want to worship another god. Let me start by saying that I believe in the Godhead trinity of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. However, I do not fully understand how God can be Three in One nor do I pretend to fully comprehend Their functions. I don’t expect to have a deep understanding until after I pass into eternity. That being said, let’s move on.
There are a few reasons for questioning this, but I’m going to cover a couple of the biggest. 1) “Did Jesus receive worship?” 2) “Did Jesus ever claim to be God?”
We can agree that Jesus came to do the work of the Father so that He (Father) would receive the glory. Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7 state “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
Jesus and worship
Matt 2:2 The wise men are seeking Jesus and bringing their finest offerings to Him. “Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”
Matt 28:5-10 The women worshipped Jesus on the way to tell the disciples about His resurrection.
“5And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. 9And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.”
Mark 5:2-7 The man bearing multiple demon spirits runs to Jesus and worships Him.
“ 2And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.”
Matt 9:18-19 “18While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. 19And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.”
Matt 14:25-33 Jesus walks on water. After Peter walks to Jesus and is assisted back to the ship, the disciples worship Him and recognize Him as the Son of God.
See also passages around Matt 28:17, Luke 24:52, and various passages where Jesus is given glory (2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”)
The Bible and Jesus declared Him to be God:
John 1:1-5, 10-14 Jesus is the Word made flesh having existed before the dawn of time.
“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” “10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
Hebrews 1:8-10 God, the Father, is speaking and calling the Son “God” and “Lord”.
“ 8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: “
John 20:26-29 Thomas calls Jesus “Lord” and “God”. Jesus does not rebuke him.
“ 26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. 29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
– The Jews sought to kill Jesus because He stated He is God. For anyone other than God to claim to be God was punishable by death for blasphemy.
John 10:30-33 Jesus states He and the Father are One, and the Jews want to stone Him for blasphemy.
Matt 26:63-65 Caiaphas, the high priest, asks Jesus to state if He is Who He says He is. After receiving the answer, Jesus is accused of blasphemy.
John 8:56-59 Jesus calls Himself “I AM”, the name by which God told Moses to call Him. “56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”
1 John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
Is Jesus God? (5 minutes)
The punishment for sin is the wrath of God. Who but God can stand His wrath? Jesus became a man to pay man’s penalty. As with the temporary sacrifices of animals, the man had to be without blemish or spot. Only a perfect man could atone for us, so God wrapped Himself in the body of a man and took on our sins. How can we have a Lord and Savior in Jesus Christ and not recognize Him as God? The Bible stated He is God and will be worshipped. Jesus stated He is God and received worship. Satan received worship and was cast out of Heaven for trying to be like God (see Isaiah 14). Jesus received worship as God and brought glory to the Father, and the Father was pleased. Jesus did the will of His Father and never sinned. If Jesus was not God, then He would have violated the commandments by putting Himself before God the Father. However, since Jesus knew no sin, Father God recognized Him as God (the Son).