Should Jesus be worshipped?

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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 he be viewed as deserving the same reverence and awe we are to give the Father? Would it be right to worship Jesus 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 behavior include the following.

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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 Jesus (John 14:28, 1Corinthians 15:28) and that Christ 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, not to Jesus 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.

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