JESUS AND WORSHIP

"My Lord and my God!”  

// John 20:28

One of the more shocking things that happened when Jesus walked this earth, was the unashamed worship of him by Thomas, and the disciples, the leper, the Magi, and many others.  Shocking not only in that people worshipped the man Christ Jesus, but also that he accepted it, as if it were both natural and expected.

Last time I read of a man who accepted worship was Herod and that didn’t end well – worms consumed him from within.  In fact C. S. Lewis is quoted as saying something to the effect that a man that accepted worship is either mad, a cynical pretender (liar), or somehow worthy of it because he is God (in the flesh).

What is even more interesting is that Jesus was worshipped as a man when He, for all intents and purposes, was far from the God-like conquering figure that we normally associate and prefer with worship - a picture scripture also presents with every knee bowing and every tongue confessing that He is Lord.

But with Jesus, this isn’t the first or even the primary picture we see.  Strangely, He was worshipped in the form of a slain lamb.  Few pictures are as deliberate in vivid depiction of sacrifice, apparent powerlessness, innocence, and tenderness as this.    

In Revelation 5, John speaks of the one worthy to open the great seals and immediately pictures a lion, but then amazingly changes the ‘perspective angle’ by speaking of Him from then on as a slain lamb.

We are worshipping a being, Jesus, who is innocent, sacrificial by nature, and whom has been slain.  The glorious Christ is indeed to be worshipped and will be as such, but He is introduced to us firstly as a lamb.  He did not use brute force – always the default of men and lions.

God as a lamb – we never thought of this.  But this is whom we worship, and Jesus is indeed worthy of our worship.

“My Lord and my God!”

// Simon McIntyre