Author: Ron Graham
Worship God's Son, Jesus Our Saviour
—Translated from the Bislama
You must worship the High God, and you must worship him alone (Matthew 4:10). But who is the Son of God? Why must you worship him?
There is one God who long ago in the beginning made the earth and all that is in it. Furthermore, he made the sea and everything in it. He also made the sky and every creature in the heaven. (Genesis 1:1-31, 2:1-2).
1 Worshiping Another God —No
We must not worship any other God. This God who made everything, he is the God we must worship. The God who made everything, he made man and woman. People in this world must worship him for that reason. We must worship no other God because no other god made anything, and no other God has life and mighty power like the true God who made everything (Acts 17:22-33).
Long ago, Satan tested Jesus. He said, “You bow down to me; you make worship to me.” But Jesus told him, "The Bible says that mankind must worship the High God only. He is your God" (Matthew 4:8-10).
2 Worshiping the Son of God —Yes
Also we must worship the Son of God. The Lord God has a Son and there no other Son the same as Him. He is unique. (John 3:16).
This Son of God made everything with God. He was with God in the beginning. He is equal to God his Father. God used the Son to create everything that exists (John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20). This is the Son who, at a time long ago, was born into the world [that he had created]. He became a man the same as man, Yet at the same time he was God the same as God (Jon 1:14, Philippians 2:5-13). For this reason we must worship him.
Philippians 2:5-13 NKJV
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version Copyright (C) 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Now there is one name that is higher than any other name. This is the name "Jehovah" [Yaweh] the name of the High God only. Now please observe that God has given this name to Jesus. Therefore we recognise that Jesus is the High God just like his Father. That's why we worship Jesus just as we worship his Father.
If Jesus is not the High God "Jehovah", then we are unable to worship him because he is another god. But Jesus said, “I and my Father [together] are one” (Jon 10:30).
3 The Son Saves Us
This [unique] Son is our Saviour. When God’s Son was born into this world, they called him Jesus, a name which means Saviour (Matthew 1:21). It means that Jesus rescues us from huge trouble. This trouble is caused by our sin. Sin is anything that is opposed to God’s will (1John 3:3-5).
God has a plan for us namely that we will live eternally in heaven with him. God wants to make us a gift of beautiful life that never ends. (1Peter 1:3-5). But sometimes we don't follow God’s plan. Our way of life is against God’s law. So God is angry with us. Our sin frustrates God’s plan and so we lose life in heaven and we are separated from God.
Return to God
Now we have one way only by which we can return to God so that he is no longer angry with us at all. The Son of God is able to take away all our sin. Yes, Jesus Christ has the power to do this because his life is unique, unlike ours, because he never sinned. His way of life was all good. His life was right always.
But they killed him as though he were a criminal. His blood was shed and this blood is able to wash away our sins and everyone else's. And God raised up his Son back to life. (1Peter 1:18-21, 1Peter 2:21-22, Hebrews 4:15-16, Acts 2:22-24, 1John 2:1-6).
We must believe in him, repent of our sins, and be baptised for the forgiveness of our sins (Mak 16:16, Acts 2:38). After that we must worship him in our lives until we die.