The Worship of Jesus

The Worship of Jesus

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:5-11

When you read the birth story of Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew (specifically, chapters 1-2), an overwhelming theme emerges from the story: the worship of Jesus. After the wise men travel to find the Messiah who was to be born, they arrive at Jesus’ house and immediately bow down and offer gifts of worship towards Him. Is it not strange that these men worship this new born baby born in Bethlehem? These wise men understood that Jesus was not merely a baby, but the long awaited Messiah to the world—Jesus, the son of God.

The Apostle Paul continues in this vain, stating that the person of Jesus demands our worship. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. What the wise men did in their worship is what the rest of creation will do because Jesus is to be gloriously worshipped. As we reflect upon the Incarnation of Christ, will you join me in a posture of worship to Jesus, the long awaited Messiah? Will you worship him as the wise men have done?

Personal Reflection

  • What is the general theme of your life? Is the disposition of your life marked by worship of God or other things?
  • How can you cultivate a heart of worship toward Jesus in this season?

Familial Reflection

  • What does it mean to worship? Do we sometimes worship things that are not God?
  • Spend some time confessing as a family your lack of worship towards Jesus and then spend time worshipping Jesus for what He has done through prayer.

 

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