“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.” (Matthew 8:2)
Question: In each of the four gospels, it is recorded that Jesus was worshipped. We usually think of worshipping God, but not our Lord. What does it mean when people worshipped Jesus? Should we be worshipping him, and if so, how?
Answer: Questions concerning the appropriateness of worshipping Christ are pertinent to us as believers, especially considering how many times it is mentioned in the gospels as the questioner points out. In fact, the act of worshipping Jesus in different phases of his life and ministry is recorded a total of at least seventeen times with the majority of the occurrences found in Matthew’s gospel.
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Author: Ken Wood
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Bible reference(s): Psalm 2:11-12, Gen 23:7, Gen 33:3, Gen 42:6, Exo 18:7, Ruth 2:10, 1 Sam 20:41, 1 Sam 24:8, 1 Sam 25:23, 1 Sam 28:14, 2 Ki 2:15, Dan 2:46, 1 Chr 29:20, Rev 3:9, Rev 4:8, Revelation 5:9, Revelation 5:12, Revelation 5:13, Matthew 4:10, Mat 2:2, Matt. 2:8, Matthew 2:11, Matthew 8:2, Matthew 9:18, Matthew 14:33, Matthew 15:25, Matt. 20:20, Matthew 28:9, Matthew 28:17, Mark 5:6, Mar 5:33, Mar 7:25, Mark 15:19, Luk 8:41, Luke 24:52, John 9:38, Joh 11:32, Romans 14:11, Phi 2:10-11, Heb 1:6, Revelation 7:10, Revelation 7:17
Source: “Question Box,” The Christadelphian Advocate, Oct. 2014, pp. 251-3.
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