- And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews 1:6
- …for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. Simeon, Luke 2:30-32
- And she coming in that instant gave thanks unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Anna, Luke 2:38
- And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him. The wise men, Matthew 2:11
- Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. The disciples, Matthew 14:33
- And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Mary and Mary Magdalene, Matthew 28:8-9
- Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. Matthew 28:16-17
Are you a devout man, a wise and educated man, or perhaps, a fisherman? Or are you someone just trying to figure out who Jesus really is?
From the very beginning of his life, Scripture records that angels, men, and women worshiped Jesus. The first man was Simeon, a “just and devout” elderly man, who was led by the Spirit of God into the temple in Jerusalem. There he saw baby Jesus, took Him up in his arms and blessed God, proclaiming Him as Savior, a light to the Gentiles and the glory of Israel.
Before Joseph and Mary could leave the temple with Jesus, Anna, an elderly woman, thanked God for Him, and could not help but declare Jesus as Redeemer.
The Magi, astronomers from the East, traveled a great distance to worship Jesus (v.20). They knew this baby was very special, that He was born King of the Jews. Matthew doesn’t record how they worshiped him, other than saying that they “fell down” before him and gave treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But falling down before him is a great place to start, isn’t it? Can you just see these wealthy, educated, older men, in a very humble setting, on their knees, faces to the floor, in front of this little child? What a picture! I can’t imagine them lifting their voices in song, but I do see them in silence, in reverent awe, knowing, as very few others knew at the time, that this was no ordinary child. So they worshiped. And they lingered there, in the presence of God made flesh.
Others, no doubt, worshiped Jesus in simple and private ways after a healing, a miracle, or a teaching. But Matthew leaves no doubt that the disciples worshiped him, in words, after he pulled a sinking Peter out of the water, and calmed the “boisterous” wind. “Truly You are the Son of God,” they said. That revelation, indeed, was ample motivation to worship him!
Then, at the end of the Gospel of Matthew, after the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, two Marys went to see his tomb, and instead encountered the risen Jesus. Falling at his feet, they worshiped. They must have worshiped in silence, in awe, in amazement, and, as Matthew indicates, some fear. What could they have possibly said? What human words could contribute anything more to this overwhelmingly miraculous event? Jesus spoke first, interrupting their worship. “Do not be afraid. Go and tell them…”
Go and tell them. Tell them the Son has risen–He lives again. Tell them they will see Me again in Galilee. They did see him in Galilee. And there, again, they worshiped him.
Just a week earlier, Jesus had something else to tell them. He was on his way into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. Luke records that “the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen.” They, too, called Jesus King, saying, “Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. (The angels, at Jesus’ birth, proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace (Luke 2:14))! Some of the religious leaders wanted Jesus to scold his disciples for honoring him in this way. Instead, Jesus encouraged them to worship him, saying to them, “I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:40).
So, what will it be? Will you worship Jesus now, or do you want a stone to take your place? The Word declares that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,” Philippians 2:10.
Or would you rather have a fish in the sea, a bug in the field, or a tree in the forest take your place in worship? Psalm 96 looks ahead to this end-times event: “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth” (vv.11-13a).
So, if you haven’t already, turn your heart to God in worship. Join with Simeon and Anna, join with the angels and the wise men, join with the disciples and the Marys, join with the rocks and the trees and all of creation in worship. Worship on your feet, on your seat, or on your knees. Worship in silence, in spoken words, or in song. Worship in awe and wonder and joy. “Lord, turn my heart to worship You!”
Worship with Kaitlyn Scott’s “Name of Jesus” with “The Passion of the Christ” here.
Worship with Hillsong United’s “Hosanna” here.