One of the amazing truths of Christianity is the glorious resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Many of you are probably familiar the disciple named “doubting” Thomas who needed absolute proof that Christ did in fact raise from the dead. John 20:27-28 states, “Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” His confession is none other than an absolute surrender to the Lordship of Christ as God! Thomas’ confession is heartfelt worship in the presence of the risen Savior.
Are we like Thomas who bows in worship and adoration of Jesus as our Lord and God? Why is Jesus worthy of all our worship? Why is Jesus more than just a good example for us to follow, but in fact, a sacrificial Substitute who died in our place and is worthy of all our worship?
Allow me to offer a “Top Ten” list of reasons why we as Christians should worship Jesus.
Number One: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is the Lamb of God who takes away our sin. John 1:29 says, “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Jesus died the death we all should have died because the wages of death is sin. He suffered in our place and took the full wrath of God against our sin and secured our complete forgiveness.
Number Two: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is the bread of life. In John 6:35 Jesus says these words: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Jesus promises to satisfy our souls and that we will never go hungry or thirsty spiritually. He is the only true source of nourishment and life for sinners who need salvation.
Number Three: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is the Light of the World. John 8:12 reads, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” We live in a world of darkness and sin where people do evil deeds of wickedness. Jesus shines brightly into that darkness and provides hope for the hopeless and direction for the aimless.
Number Four: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is the Good Shepherd. John 10:11: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” He voluntarily went to the cross on behalf of rebellious sinners because the only way we can be reconciled to a holy God is through the penalty of death. We are lost, helpless, hopeless and hell-bound sheep without a shepherd going our own way into sin and destruction, and Jesus reaches down into our depravity and chaos and brokenness and doesn’t wait for us to get our act together or somehow earn His favor. No, instead, He takes the initiative as the good shepherd and lays down HIs life for the sheep.
Number Five: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is the resurrection and the life. In John 11:25–26 Jesus says, “ “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” Through Him, we can have eternal life and not have to suffer eternally for our sins. Because of Christ, we will not have to endure eternal conscious torment in hell, but will live forever with Him in heaven as our glorious home.
Number Six: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is the ONLY way of salvation. Listen to what Jesus says about Himself in John 14:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is not just one of many good or desirable ways to be accepted by God. He emphatically claims that He alone is the sole doorway or entrance into a relationship with God.
Number Seven: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is the giver of indestructible joy. In John 15:11, Jesus desires that our joy be full and in John 16:22 tells us that no one can take away this joy. The joy Jesus’ gives is that deeply rooted and settled confidence and peace in His sovereignty where we trust in His promises no matter what our circumstances.
Number Eight: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit. John 14:16: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” We have the promise from Jesus that the Holy Spirit will live in us forever and will never leave us nor forsake us.
Number Nine: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is the resurrected Lord. Act 2:23-24 states, “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.”
Number Ten: Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is the Coming King. We find the Second Coming of Christ in Revelation 1:7-8: “ Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Should we follow Jesus? Absolutely. We should follow His example and walk in obedience to His commands and love our neighbor as ourselves and engage in ministries that help alleviate suffering in our world. Absolutely. But yet at the same time, we need more than just an example in Jesus. We need more than just do good works in Christ’s name. We need a Savior. At the end of the day and into eternity, we need an absolutely sovereign King who is worthy of all our worship.
Philippians 2:10-11 reads, “ 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.”