Post Author: Bill Pratt
There are at least six ways that Jesus claimed to be God. The fourth way is that Jesus Claimed to Be God by Accepting Worship. Again, I will draw heavily from Norman Geisler’s Volume 2 of his Systematic Theology series.
The Old Testament clearly forbids worship of anyone except God (Ex. 20:1–5; Deut. 5:6–9). The New Testament likewise reiterates this fundamental teaching of Scripture (Acts 14:13-15; Rev. 22:8-9).
But in direct defiance of this command, Jesus accepted worship on several occasions. Why would he do this? The obvious answer is that he considered himself equal to God.
A leper worshiped Him before he was healed (Matt. 8:2), and a ruler knelt before Him with a request (Matt. 9:18). After He stilled the storm, “Those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God’ ” (Matt. 14:33). A Canaanite woman (Matt. 15:25), the mother of James and John (Matt. 20:20), and the Gerasene demoniac (Mark 5:6) all bowed before Jesus without one word of rebuke. A blind man said, “ ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped Him” (John 9:38). Thomas saw the risen Christ and cried out, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).
Did Jesus rebuke Thomas and correct him? Did he deny that he was Lord and God? No, he did not. The message he was sending was clear. Only someone who considered himself God would accept worship like Jesus did.