Should Jesus be worshipped? If so, how much? Should he become the focal point of our spiritual life ABOVE that of God the Father? Or should Christ be viewed as deserving the same reverence and awe we are to give the Father? Would it be right to worship our Messiah to a lesser degree than our true spiritual Father?
Many Christian denominations make Jesus Christ the primary focus of their worship and teachings instead of God the Father. Some almost seem to focus on Christ to the exclusion of the Father. What is the TRUTH regarding this matter?
There were many times during Jesus' life, ministry and beyond where he was worshipped. Some of the Biblical examples of such worship include the following.
Christ was paid homage by the Magi at his birth (Matthew 2:2,11)
A synagogue ruler whose daughter had died and who wanted Christ to make her alive again (Matthew 9:18)
The disciples worshipped Jesus after he stilled a stormy sea (Matthew 14:33) and when he ascended into heaven (Luke 24:52).
Unclean (evil) spirits who possessed people, when they saw Christ, bowed before him (Mark 3:11, 5:6, Luke 4:41)
A man born blind, healed by Christ at the Pool of Siloam, worshipped him (John 9:38)
Twenty-four spiritual elders, who reside at the very throne of God, fell down to their knees when the Messiah (represented as a Lamb) came before them (Revelation 5:8, see also 7:10)
During his ministry, although Jesus did not invite or encourage people to worship him, He nevertheless did not rebuke them either when they did. Clearly, he is worthy of worship - but should it be equal to that the Father rightfully deserves?
The Bible clearly states God the Father is greater than the Messiah (John 14:28, 1Corinthians 15:28), that Jesus received authority from him (Matthew 28:18) and could do nothing without him (John 5:19).
The scriptures indicate we ought to have great reverence and gratitude toward Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He is the Son of God the Father and He is God. Our worship, however, should be predominantly directed toward the Father.
We are instructed to pray and offer our requests and gratefulness in the name of the Lord, but not to Christ himself, but to the Father (Colossians 3:17, John 15:16, 16:23, Ephesians 5:20, etc). Our worship should be directed primarily to God the Father but not to the exclusion of Christ.