He worshiped him

Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains. John 9:35-41

The fact that Jesus allowed the man He had healed to worship Him is another indication that Jesus is God. For a Jew to worship anyone but God was unthinkable. For a Jew to accept worship as also unthinkable. Even the angels, as powerful as they are will not accept worship. In fact every time an angel appears and the person they appear to falls down in worship the angels tells the person to rise for they are fellow workers of God. One only has to read Daniel to see that the faithful Jew would die rather than worship a false god.

Yet we find this man worshiping Jesus and Jesus accepting that worship. This leaves us with only two options. If Jesus was just a man then He was a blasphemer who should have been put to death and then forgotten. The second option is that Jesus was who he claimed and was God and worthy of worship. There are no other options. For any Jew to accept worship or to worship anyone but God was blasphemy and makes them subject to death. In fact this was the charge brought against Jesus before the crucifixion.

I am amazed at how many people take the stand that Jesus never claimed to be God. Just in the last two chapters of John we see two instances where Jesus either makes a direct claim to be God, before Abraham was, I am, and in today’s verses where Jesus accepts worship from the man He had healed. Also in today’s verses Jesus uses the approbation Son of Man to describe Himself. This was the same name used for the preincarnate Christ in the book of Daniel.

That Jesus claimed to be God is really not in doubt. The only thing in doubt is whether you believe Him or not. The consequences of this decision are eternal.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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