Is Jesus Worthy of Worship?
When Jesus was born, shepherds were out in the field and the host appeared with the angels praising God, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” At his birth, shepherds rejoiced, while King Herod sought to destroy him. And in Luke 19–20, at the end of Jesus’s life, he is praised by his disciples, the common people, while the leaders are plotting to take his life.
In Luke 19:39 the religious leaders said to Jesus when they saw people praising him as he rode in on the colt, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” But Jesus answered them, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” There is no one else, in heaven or on earth more worthy of worship. The King of Kings who has come to provide salvation, requires praise—if not from the people he has come to save, then even from creation.
The question the Pharisees are asking is, “Is this man worthy of worship?” And their clear answer is, “No way!” The leaders have clearly missed all of the signs that have been pointing to him. We have to turn the question to ourselves—Do I worship Jesus as him who is most worthy of my utmost praise? Or have I, too, missed the signs that point to him?
Jesus will be praised one way or another. Will we praise him, or will we leave that job to another? Do we see him as our King, worthy of our ultimate praise as the supreme object of our worship?
It’s not enough to be interested or intrigued by Jesus. We can’t stop at agreeing intellectually to some facts about who he is—true belief will show itself in acknowledging that he is worthy of praise and bowing our knee before him. Anything that poses as belief, without praise being the next downbeat, surely doesn’t understand who he is and what he has done.
We often have too narrow of a definition of worship, that worship is merely what we do on Sunday morning when we sing. Singing can be worship, but it still depends on what we are setting our mind and heart on as we sing. For singing to be worship, we must be directing our praise toward God, for who he is and what he has done. So when we call people to believe in God, we’re calling them to become worshippers.
In Romans 12, Paul calls us to live our lives as a spiritual act of worship. Everything we do must be done as an act of worship. Jesus has saved us so that we might worship him. We worship while we work when we know God has provided the work for us to do in his name. We worship when we fight sin when we know our lives are under his rule, not our flesh. We worship when we speak truth when we acknowledge that the truth is from him
If Jesus is your king, he is worthy of praise in every area of life. So the question is: are you a worshipper of the King?