What sort of honour do you give to Jesus Christ, and to what extent?
Many people know that He claims to be the Son of God, but this washes over many of them as if it is just another item of news.
Rather, it is so significant that it cannot be ignored and deserves to be investigated. Jesus said: “The queen of the south shall rise up in the day of judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here” Mat 12:42.
Some people minimise the concept of the Son of God and make out that He is an inferior creation of God, failing to give credit to the full meaning of this term. Let us listen instead to what Jesus says about Himself:
“The Father judges no man, but He has committed all judgment to the Son, in order that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honours not the Son honours not the Father Who sent Him” Jn 5:22-23.
The Father has a definite purpose in committing the work of judgment to His Son. Not only is it an honour to Him Whom men despised as Saviour Isa 53:3, that He should also be appointed Judge, but Jesus tells us that it goes further than this. It is in order that all men should honour the Son in the same manner as they honour the Father.
Do you do so? Do you honour the Son in the same manner as you honour God? If not, then Jesus says that you are not even honouring the Father, far less the Son. “He that honours not the Son honours not the Father Who sent Him” Jn 5:23.
Honouring the Son
We are to honour the Father with divine worship, and thus to honour the Son with similar divine worship. An angel would not allow the apostle John to worship him Rev 19:10 and Rev 22:9, but Jesus never refused worship Mat 9:18, Mk 5:6 and Jn 9:38.
What if people will not do so? Truly, there are many who will not do so during their earthly lifetime, but they will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
“God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Php 2:9-11.
Now compare this with the Lord’s speech in Isa 45:23 “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear”, quoted by Paul in Rom 14:11 “For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God”, which Paul puts in the context of “for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” Rom 14:10.
Every knee shall bow to Jesus Christ as Lord – either in mercy in this world or at the Day of Judgment. Which will you choose?